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Jun 26, 2014
This week's theme
Words coined after animals

This week's words
squirrelly
canaille
monkeyshine
puce
toady

puce
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puce

PRONUNCIATION:
(pyoos)

MEANING:
noun: A dark red or brownish purple color.
adjective: Of this color.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French puce (flea), from Latin pulex (flea). Earliest documented use: 1778. Other terms coined after the flea are flea market, a direct translation of French marché aux puces and ukulele (from Hawaiian, literally leaping flea, perhaps from the rapid motion of the fingers in playing it).

USAGE:
"An increasingly puce Mr Farage complained about Britain's loss of sovereignty."
The Third Man; The Economist (London, UK); Mar 29, 2014.

See more usage examples of puce in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members. -Pearl S. Buck, Nobelist novelist (1892-1973)

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