confederate violet

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Confederate violet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confederate%20violet. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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