vi·​o·​la·​ceous | \ ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shəs How to pronounce violaceous (audio) \

Definition of violaceous

: of the color violet

Examples of violaceous in a Sentence

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First Known Use of violaceous

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for violaceous

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

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“Violaceous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of violaceous

: of the color violet

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