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puce (pyoos)

noun: A deep red to dark grayish purple.

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

"Red faces turned puce at Bankers Trust, an American investment bank in a legal battle with Procter & Gamble, a consumer-goods company."
Trial and Error; The Economist (London, UK); Oct 7, 1995.

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