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 the instrument).

PUIE - a French toddler's attempt to say "rain"

PIUCE - the spot on your windshield after you smash into a flying bug at highway speeds

PUCHE - high-falutin' way of writing "doggie"