Mauve

DEFINITION

Pale bluish to deep purple in color. It was the first of the aniline dyes developed by the English chemist William Henry Perkin in 1856, while he was trying to synthesize the drug quinine from coal tar. The word "mauve" is derived from what the French named it: mauveine. In its first decades, mauve was a huge commercial success.Also see alizarin and dye.

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