Definition of violet in English:

violet

Line breaks: vio¦let
Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪələt
 
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noun

1A herbaceous plant of temperate regions, typically having purple, blue, or white five-petalled flowers, one petal of which forms a landing pad for pollinating insects.
  • Genus Viola, family Violaceae (the violet family): many species, including the dog violet and sweet violet. See also viola2
More example sentences
  • Colourful wild flowers sprung up by the roadside, purple violets and white daisies dotted among the grass.
  • Purple hyacinths and blue violets arranged together, the colors working together nicely.
  • There were pools that dreamed black and unruffled, there were a few white lilies, crocuses and violets; purple or pale, snake-like frittilaries.
1.1Used in names of similar-flowered plants of other families, e.g. African violet.
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  • Bird's-Foot (V. pedata) violets are similar to Confederate violets in that they have no runners.
  • Erythronium dens-canis is the true dog's tooth violet, the name comes from the shape of the corm, and has rose coloured flowers on 10 cm stems and purple marked leaves.
  • You may put your African violet on a self-watering system to ensure a constant, optimum level of moisture.
2 [mass noun] A bluish-purple colour seen at the end of the spectrum opposite red: a beautiful blue with a tinge of violet
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  • He was splendidly dressed in the royal scarlet and bluish violet.
  • Except for one large canvas dependent on scrabbled zones of shockingly clear violet, most of the paintings are a little murky.
  • Now, it was not a bluish sort of violet, but pure, clear purple.

adjective

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Of a bluish-purple colour: her almost violet eyes were a bit startling
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  • Some of the calcifuges also tended to have a slightly violet colour, which could be a sign of P deficiency.
  • Along with her brother, the young girl begins to go to high school in a violet colour skirt and half-sari uniform.
  • Detectives remain convinced that the theft of the pensioner's distinctive violet car was inextricably linked to his death.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French violette, diminutive of viole, from Latin viola 'violet'.

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