puce


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puce

 (pyo͞os)
n.
A deep red to dark grayish purple.

[French (couleur) puce, flea (color), puce, from Old French, variant of pulce, flea, from Latin pūlex, pūlic-.]

puce adj.

puce

(pjuːs)
n
(Colours)
a. a colour varying from deep red to dark purplish-brown
b. (as adjective): a puce carpet.
[C18: shortened from French couleur puce flea colour, from Latin pūlex flea]

puce

(pyus)

n.
1. a dark or brownish purple.
adj.
2. of the color puce.
[1780–90; < French: literally, flea < Latin pūlicem, acc. of pūlex]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puce - a color varying from dark purplish brown to dark red
brown, brownness - an orange of low brightness and saturation
Translations
dyp røddypt rødtildrødildrødtloppefarge

puce

[pjuːs]
B. ADJde color castaño rojizo; (with shame etc) → colorado

puce

[ˈpjuːs] adj (= colour) → puce inv

puce

nBraunrot nt
adjbraunrot; (fig: with rage, shame) → rot

puce

[pjuːs] adjcolor pulce inv
References in classic literature ?
Just look at her in the puce dress--an ambassador's wife they say she is--how her skirt bounces out from side to sides"
She had read in it of the crocuses which had been bought for yellow and were coming up puce, of the new parlour-maid, who had watered the ferns with essence of lemonade, of the semi-detached cottages which were ruining Summer Street, and breaking the heart of Sir Harry Otway.
Elliot tittered, "but wearing puce velvet, as she does even on the hottest August day, it somehow doesn't show.
Elle a ainsi adopte, pour sa [beaucoup moins que]Carte Salaire[beaucoup plus grand que], une puce de conception tunisienne, ce qui, d'une part, ouvrira des perspectives prometteuses pour le developpement de la monetique en Tunisie et d'autre part, evitera le payement de redevances en devises, a des organismes internationaux.
What if Maria slips through and prefers it there because he has a puce front room?
Chapters 1 and 2 examine the links between the entertaining volume of La Puce and the spaces, places, and communities of Poitiers reflected therein.
VIBRANT shades of berry, plum and puce are the hottest colours of the season.
This was full of sweet-smelling hyacinths, puce cyclamens, and chincherinchees, as well as tropical coloured plants of unknown species.
Pablo Morales Males from Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Ecuador (PUCE) as the Project Director, and PUCE as the central coordinating hub for the project.
All eyes turned and all mouths gawped to see this pizza slip off that famous puce face and roll down his nice black suit.
With Tyneside waiting breathlessly for news of their heroes, and me a lovely shade of puce because of my panic attacks, I managed after two hours to get a line to Tyne Tees Television who then phoned my stuff on to the Chron offices.