• The larva of the violet tip butterfly
    The larva of the violet tip butterfly
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj violet of a color intermediate between red and blue
    • n violet a variable color that lies beyond blue in the spectrum
    • n violet any of numerous low-growing violas with small flowers
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Chrysalid (pupa) of the violet tip butterfly Chrysalid (pupa) of the violet tip butterfly

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first box of Crayola that was ever sold had the same eight colours that are sold in the box today consisting of red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange, black and brown. The box was sold for a nickel in 1903
    • Violet (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of small violet-colored butterflies belonging to Lycæna, or Rusticus, and allied genera.
    • Violet (Bot) Any plant or flower of the genus Viola, of many species. The violets are generally low, herbaceous plants, and the flowers of many of the species are blue, while others are white or yellow, or of several colors, as the pansy (Viola tricolor).
    • a Violet Dark blue, inclining to red; bluish purple; having a color produced by red and blue combined.
    • Violet In art, a color produced by a combination of red and blue in equal proportions; a bluish purple color.
    • Violet The color of a violet, or that part of the spectrum farthest from red. It is the most refrangible part of the spectrum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.
    • n violet A plant of the genus Viola, or one of its flowers; also, one of a few plants of other genera. See Viola, compound names below, and cut in next column.
    • n violet A general class of colors, of which the violetflower is a highly chromatic example. In the spectrum the violet extends from h to H, covering all the upper part of the spectrum ordinarily visible. This color can be produced by a slight admixture of red to blue; and colors somewhat more red than the upper part of the spectrum are called violet. But the sensation of violet is produced by a pure blue whose chroma has been diminished while its luminosity has been increased. Thus, blue and violet are the same color, though the sensations are different. A mere increase of illumination may cause a violet blue to appear violet, with a diminution of apparent chroma. This color, called violet or blue according to the quality of the sensation it excites, is one of the three fundamental colors of Young's theory. It is nearly complementary to the color of brightness, so that deep shades generally appear by contrast of a violet tinge; and the light of a rainy day, and still more of a sudden tempest, has a violet appearance. Even the pure yellow of the spectrum, so reduced as to be barely visible, looks violet beside the same light in great intensity.
    • n violet Any one of the many different small blue or violet butterflies of Lycæna, Polyommatus, and allied genera.
    • n violet Locally, same as bog-violet.
    • violet Having the color of violet, a deep blue tinged with red.
    • n violet A viola d'amore. Sometimes called English violet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infrared and ultra-violet light.
    • n Violet vī′ō-let any plant of genus Viola, of many species, with a flower generally of some shade of blue, but also white and yellow, and most often fragrant: the colour of the violet, a bluish or light purple
    • adj Violet of the colour of the violet, bluish or light purple
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  • Mark Twain
    “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it”
  • Oscar Levant
    “Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.”


Shrinking violet - A shrinking violet is a shy person who doesn't express their views and opinions.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. violette, a violet (cf. violet, violet-colored), dim. of OF. viole, a violet, L. viola,; akin to Gr. . Cf. Iodine


In literature:

As De Vayne murmured to himself in low sentences, Kennedy heard repeatedly the name of Violet, and once of Violet Home.
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
While we were motoring, Mrs. Ess Kay had been terribly busy with her secretary, getting invitations ready for a Violet Tea.
"Lady Betty Across the Water"
But where the two streams met, an intense, violet glare built up.
"The Ultimate Weapon" by John Wood Campbell
Her name was Violet Ashton.
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
She's left an orphan, rich as can be, and she asks Violet to live with her.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
The violet and the ultra-violet rays pass through it with freedom.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Also, the violet patch of Atla-Hi went real dim and the button for it no longer had a violet nimbus.
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
Blue and red form violet, and violet is the complement of yellow.
"Color Value" by C. R. Clifford
You needn't hang your head, Mollums, like a modest violet; it's a solid fact.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Doctor Jack Odin stretched out on a huge bed and felt the strength of the ultra-violet light upon the ceiling pour into his shoulders.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
She took Field for a lawyer who was seeking the Honorable Violet for her own advantage.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
She had large, lustrous violet eyes that seemed like wells of ever-changing color.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Violet glanced that way, then cast her looks up and down the hall in which they stood.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
Violet entered with an air of familiarity.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Violet Clinock was a bright, pleasing type of girl, with dark hair, and honest grey eyes, not exactly pretty, but rather near being so.
"The Heath Hover Mystery" by Bertram Mitford
The old grey grass seemed to stir, and I could fancy the smothered primroses and violets beneath it waking and gasping for fear.
"The White Peacock" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Am I never to see you, Violet?
"The Four Corners of the World" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
I can't look at a violet now without thinking of her.
"The Little Colonel at Boarding-School" by Annie Fellows Johnston
The violet slit was close to G, and probably in this case the fundamental sensation of violet was almost excited alone.
"Colour Measurement and Mixture" by W. de W. Abney
Our wild Violets, the blue ones, have for me a sad lack for a Violet, that of perfume.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle

In poetry:

The violet (heart-like),
The sweeter for grief.
Sigh'd forth its balm
In its own relief;
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
A dim and deeply-bosom'd grove
Of many an aged tree,
Such as the shadowy violets love,
The fawn and forest-bee.
"The Spanish Chapel" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
The Violet saw, and haply learn'd,
Not her's the sadder lot,
Whom fortune destines to abide
Where others mark her not.
"The Violet" by Caroline Fry
It is not early spring and yet
Of bloodroot blooms along the stream,
And blotted banks of violet,
My heart will dream.
"A Niello" by Madison Julius Cawein
The primrose took a deeper hue,
The dewy grass a greener look;
The violet wore a deeper blue,
A lighter music led the brook.
"The Cuckoo" by Alexander Anderson
Of wisteria blooms
I caught sight, today, and ever since
As violet
Of the deepest hue, my passion,
Grows ever more profound!
"Of wisteria blooms" by Ise

In news:

Only the violets' tall, woody stems remained.
Young woodchucks are born in April and May Although consuming violets and clover isn't the end of the world, will baby woodchucks have the same tastes.
A cyclist turns onto Violet Avenue from US 36 in north Boulder on Friday.
Violet was born Sept 9, 1913, near Carlton, Blaine County, the daughter of William and Rebecca Harper Haigler.
The son of Tom and Violet ( Stover ) Neil.
I know that if I lost Tucker or Mannie or Violet or Lil'Bit (yes, we have 4 now.
0Jennifer Garner and her daughter, Violet, visited Beverly Hills Brownie Company on Oct 22.
Jennifer Garner and her daughter, Violet, visited Beverly Hills Brownie Company on Oct 22.
In the early 1900s it was common for women to give one another violets as a symbol of their affection.
11 am Nov 28, Kellis Family Cemetery, Violet Loop Road, Jackson Springs.
Ben Affleck revealed some unexpected ink when he bent over recently to help his daughter Violet out the car.
Recent news and coverage of Ultra Violet.
He became an ultra violet convert in 2009.
Tom and Violet are perfect together.
Her name is Violet Eisinger, and she turned 100 on Oct 16, born in 1912.

In science:

Photosphere profiles of the slim disk solutions are presented with violet dotted lines.
Slim accretion disks around black holes
The first model (in violet) is just generated as a random model using the same distribution (MAE = 0.011, MSE = 0.00019, AOC = 93.28).
A graphical analysis of cost-sensitive regression problems
Figure 9 shows how a random model looks (in violet), which typically shows low performance.
A graphical analysis of cost-sensitive regression problems
In an asymptotically free gauge theory, starting at small coupling g , the coupling g (µ/Λ) → 0 in the ultra-violet and perturbation theory is valid.
"Non-Perturbative Methods" in Field Theory
Actively accreting stars often have strong ultra-violet and optical excess emission that reduce the apparent R − I color while leaving I relatively unchanged.
Young Low-Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs in IC 348
For example, one can cut the system into blocks of size L ≫ a, where a is the ultra-violet cut-off.
Quasi-long-range order in the random anisotropy Heisenberg model: functional renormalization group in 4-\epsilon dimensions
U V is the size of typical velocity fluctuations on the ultra-violet cut-off scale.
On the dynamics of a self-gravitating medium with random and non-random initial conditions
The violet dotted circles indicate the trapped photons.
Numerical hydrodynamics in general relativity
Today, extremely short wavelength lasers in the optical and ultra-violet spectral range make it possible to observe dynamic events on the time scale of a molecular vibration period.
TESLA Technical Design Report Part I: Executive Summary
The ultra-violet (UV) problem, which deals with the construction of finite matrix elements of renormalized operators constructed from the bare lattice ones, has been addressed in a series of papers - and is, at least in principle, completely solved.
Kaon Physics from Lattice QCD
Totally independent of the form chosen for the ultra-violet cut-off, one finds that sNN is a non-analytic function of the quark mass.
Boundary of Nuclear Physics and QCD
Violet Taylor measured color gradients in 100 irregular and peculiar galaxies, finding that most are redder in their outer regions, in agreement with results from CM diagrams of nearer Irr galaxies.
The Outer Edges of Dwarf Irregular Galaxies: Stars and Gas
The 5DSM and SSM correspond to the single violet curve.
Contact Interaction Searches at the Linear Collider: Energy, Luminosity and Positron Polarization Dependencies
The Higgs self coupling λ is ultra-violet divergent.
Higgs and SUSY Searches at LHC : An Overview
By making it possible to study quasar absorption lines in the ultra-violet HST has already provided important data about the gaseous content of the universe at both low and high redshifts.
Quasar Absorption Lines and the Intergalactic Medium