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Definition of VIOLET

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Violet \Vi"o*let\, n. [F. violette a violet (cf. violet violet-colored), dim. of OF. viole a violet, L. viola; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Iodine}.]
     1. (Bot.) Any plant or flower of the genus {Viola}, of many species. The violets are generally low, herbaceous plants, and the flowers of many of the species are blue, while others are white or yellow, or of several colors, as the pansy ({Viola tricolor}). [1913 Webster]

     Note: The cultivated sweet violet is {Viola odorata} of Europe. The common blue violet of the eastern United States is {Viola cucullata}; the sand, or bird-foot, violet is {Viola pedata}. [1913 Webster]

     2. The color of a violet, or that part of the spectrum farthest from red. It is the most refrangible part of the spectrum. [1913 Webster]

     3. In art, a color produced by a combination of red and blue in equal proportions; a bluish purple color. --Mollett. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of small violet-colored butterflies belonging to {Lycaena}, or {Rusticus}, and allied genera. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

     {Corn violet}. See under {Corn}.

     {Dame's violet}. (Bot.) See {Damewort}.

     {Dogtooth violet}. (Bot.) See under {Dogtooth}.

     {Water violet} (Bot.), an aquatic European herb ({Hottonia palustris}) with pale purplish flowers and pinnatifid leaves. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Violet \Vi"o*let\, a. [Cf. F. violet. See {Violet}, n.] Dark blue, inclining to red; bluish purple; having a color produced by red and blue combined. [1913 Webster]

     {Violet shell} (Zool.), any species of Ianthina; -- called also {violet snail}. See {Ianthina}.

     {Violet wood}, a name given to several kinds of hard purplish or reddish woods, as king wood, myall wood, and the wood of the {Andira violacea}, a tree of Guiana. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

22 Moby Thesaurus words for "violet":
     amethystine, lavender, lilac, livid, magenta, mauve, mulberry, orchid, pansy-purple, plum-colored, plum-purple, purple, purplescent, purplish, purply, purpurate, purpure, purpureal, purpurean, purpureous, raisin-colored, violaceous

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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