One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a dark red or purple-brown colour.‘his face was puce with rage and frustration’
- ‘An oversized text with a puce cover, Blast's title was emblazoned diagonally across the cover in three-inch tall, bold, black type.’
- ‘Mrs. Mahathy's face turned a beautiful puce color and her finger rose shakily towards the door.’
- ‘Pour into a jug and leave to cool; do not refrigerate as the syrup might crystallise and lose its fabulous puce clarity.’
- ‘For this occasion, she shows herself dressed in a puce silk dress with a ruffled lace edging.’
- ‘She stood impassively on the shoreline in a very unflattering puce bikini that was five sizes too small for her.’
A dark red or purple-brown colour.
- ‘Some of the parliamentarians turned puce with passion in their speeches, but they didn't seem to be hurling insults at each other or constantly trying to put each other down.’
- ‘You might consider trying to duplicate your institution's colors in the flower and candles, unless they are something like pomegranate and puce.’
- ‘What you take from this time as your individual gift will be different as puce and mauve.’
- ‘Admittedly there was no hint of green, or purple, or grey, or puce, or taupe, or beige, or whatever the hell other parties there are.’
- ‘The events occurring when they were reduced to 13 caused Gloucester's head coach to turn a darker shade of puce.’
Late 18th century: from French, literally ‘flea(-colour)’, from Latin pulex, pulic-.
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