Meaning of VIOLET in English

VIOLET

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈvī-(ə-)lət ]

noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French violete, diminutive of viole violet, from Latin viola

Date: 14th century

1.

a. : any of a genus ( Viola of the family Violaceae, the violet family) of chiefly herbs with alternate stipulate leaves and showy flowers in spring and often cleistogamous flowers in summer ; especially : one with smaller usually solid-colored flowers as distinguished from the usually larger-flowered violas and pansies

b. : any of several plants of genera other than that of the violet — compare dogtooth violet

2. : any of a group of colors of reddish-blue hue, low lightness, and medium saturation

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violet 1a

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