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mauve (n.)

reddish-purple aniline dye, 1859, from French mauve, from Old French mauve "mallow" (13c.), from Latin malva "mallow" (see mallow). The dye was so called from its resemblance to the purple markings of the petals of the mallow plant. Related: Mauvish.

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Definitions of mauve
1
mauve (n.)
a moderate purple;
2
mauve (adj.)
of a pale to moderate greyish violet color;
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