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Of a colour intermediate between blue and violet.
A colour intermediate between blue and violet; a pigment of this shade.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Wycliffite Bible (early version). From blue + violet. Originally translating classical Latin hyacinthus, in the post-classical Latin sense ‘violet blue, blue-dyed cloth’.
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