One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for mauve (sense 2 of the noun)
- ‘Mauve as we think of it today is the colour of the aniline dye mauveine, which was developed by the chemist William Perkin as a by-product of his attempt to synthesise quinine from coal tar.’
- ‘He ended up calling his dye mauveine.’
- ‘In all the years when the primary literature was perpetuating the error, it remained uncommitted as to the structure of mauveine.’
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