violaceous

adjective

vi·​o·​la·​ceous ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shəs How to pronounce violaceous (audio)
: of the color violet

Examples of violaceous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One song had survived—Suzy’s recording of a violaceous trogon. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 The water started to tinge violaceous from the residual blood. Illyanna Maisonet, SFChronicle.com, 23 Oct. 2019 But Dowd, draped in an imperial violaceous dress, is far more friendly than intimidating during a recent sit-down. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, 18 May 2018

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Latin violāceus, from viola "any of various spring flowers (as Viola odorata), the dark color of certain of these flowers" + -āceus -aceous — more at violet

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of violaceous was in 1657

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Cite this Entry

“Violaceous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/violaceous. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

violaceous

adjective
vi·​o·​la·​ceous ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shəs How to pronounce violaceous (audio)
: of the color violet
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