Words at Play : Top 10 Words for Unusual Colors Worth Looking At

#6: Cattleya

Color:

Medium purple

About the Word:

This color comes from a kind of orchid named for William Cattley, a patron of botany whose enthusiasm for orchids helped fuel a British craze for the flowers in the 1700s. The most common form of one of Cattley's original orchids (the cattleya labiata) highlights the color cattleya.

Full Definition:

: a moderate purple that is redder and paler than heliotrope, bluer and paler than average amethyst, and paler and slightly bluer than manganese violet

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