Meaning of VIOLET in English


/vuy"euh lit/ , n.

1. any chiefly low, stemless or leafy-stemmed plant of the genus Viola, having purple, blue, yellow, white, or variegated flowers. Cf. violet family .

2. any such plant except the pansy and the viola.

3. the flower of any native, wild species of violet, as distinguished from the pansy: the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

4. any of various similar plants of other genera.

5. reddish-blue, a color at the opposite end of the visible spectrum from red, an effect of light with a wavelength between 400 and 450 nm.


6. of the color violet; reddish-blue: violet hats.

[ 1300-50; ME violete, equiv. to viole ( viola violet) + -ete -ET ]

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