confederate violet

noun, often capitalized C

Definition of confederate violet

: a violet (Viola papilionacea priceana) having white flowers heavily veined with bluish violet

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History and Etymology for confederate violet

probably so called from the grayish appearance of the flowers, suggesting the gray uniform of the Confederate army

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“Confederate violet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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