mauve

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Etymology[edit]

From French mauve, from Latin malva, ‘mallow’, which has a purple colour. First coined in 1856 by the chemist William Henry Perkin, when he accidentally created the first aniline dye.

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mauve (plural mauves)

  1. (historical) A bright purple synthetic dye.
  2. The colour of this dye; a pale purple or violet colour.
    mauve colour:    

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mauve (comparative more mauve, superlative most mauve)

  1. having a pale purple colour.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin malva (mallow), which has a purple colour.

Noun[edit]

mauve f (plural mauves)

  1. mallow

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mauve m (plural mauves)

  1. mauve

Adjective[edit]

mauve (masculine and feminine, plural mauves)

  1. mauve

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French, from Old French mave (mew), from Old English mǣw (mew, seagull), from Proto-Germanic *maihwaz, *maiwaz (seagull). Related to mouette. Cognate with German Möwe (seagull), Danish måge (seagull), Icelandic mávur (seagull), Polish mewa (seagull) (from Germanic). More at mew.

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mauve f (plural mauves)

  1. mew, gull, seagull
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French mave (mew), from Old English mǣw (mew, seagull) or Old Norse már, mávar (compare Icelandic mávur), from Proto-Germanic *maihwaz, *maiwaz (seagull).

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mauve f (plural mauves)

  1. seagull, herring gull

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin malva.

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mauve f (plural mauves)

  1. tree mallow (Lavatera arborea)