violet [vī′ə lit, vī′lit]
[ME < OFr violette, dim. of viole < L viola, a violet < or akin to Gr ion, violet]
a) any of a genus (Viola) of plants of the violet family, having white, blue, purple, or yellow irregular flowers with short spurs
b) the flower of any of these plants
2. any of various similar plants, as the African violet, or their flowers
3. a bluish-purple color
1. designating a family (Violaceae, order Violales) of temperate and tropical dicotyledonous plants having five-parted flowers, a one-celled ovary, and a three-valved fruit capsule, including the pansies
2. of the color violet

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