Parma violet

noun

1
: a sweet violet widely cultivated for its pale lavender sweet-scented fully double flowers
2
or parma violet
a
: a moderate violet that is bluer and lighter than damson, bluer and paler than Roman purple, and paler and slightly redder than prelate

called also Parme, violet Parme

b
of textiles : a strong violet that is redder and lighter than pansy, redder, lighter, and stronger than royal purple (see royal purple sense 2), and lighter, stronger, and slightly redder than clematis

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“Parma violet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Parma%20violet. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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