puce

noun
\ ˈpyüs How to pronounce puce (audio) \

Definition of puce

: a dark red

Examples of puce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But this week, at least, the most reliable method for inducing puce-faced rage in the Brussels diplomatic corps has been to utter the word Spitzenkandidaten. The Economist, "CharlemagneThe European Commission’s odd way of picking its president," 22 Feb. 2018 Tired of painting test areas of a wall with endless shades of puce? Jay Samit, Fortune, "Here Are 10 Kinds of Apps That Could Make AR the Killer Feature on the Next iPhone," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of puce

1781, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puce

French, literally, flea, from Old French pulce, from Latin pulic-, pulex — more at psylla

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“Puce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puce. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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