- 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.
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- Genus Viola, family Violaceae (the violet family): many species, including the dog violet and sweet violet. See also viola2
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 violetMore example sentences
- 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.
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- Of a bluish-purple colour: her almost violet eyes were a bit startlingMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French violette, diminutive of viole, from Latin viola 'violet'.
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- The US English dictionary