Water violet
Violet Vi"o*let, n. [F. violette a violet (cf. violet violet-colored), dim. of OF. viole a violet, L. viola; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Iodine}.] 1. (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}). [1913 Webster]

Note: The cultivated sweet violet is {Viola odorata} of Europe. The common blue violet of the eastern United States is {Viola cucullata}; the sand, or bird-foot, violet is {Viola pedata}. [1913 Webster]

2. The color of a violet, or that part of the spectrum farthest from red. It is the most refrangible part of the spectrum. [1913 Webster]

3. In art, a color produced by a combination of red and blue in equal proportions; a bluish purple color. --Mollett. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small violet-colored butterflies belonging to {Lyc[ae]na}, or {Rusticus}, and allied genera. [1913 Webster]

{Corn violet}. See under {Corn}.

{Dame's violet}. (Bot.) See {Damewort}.

{Dogtooth violet}. (Bot.) See under {Dogtooth}.

{Water violet} (Bot.), an aquatic European herb ({Hottonia palustris}) with pale purplish flowers and pinnatifid leaves. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Water violet — Wa ter vi o*let (Bot.) See under {Violet}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water violet — noun featherfoil of Europe and western Asia having submerged and floating leaves and violet flowers • Syn: ↑Hottonia palustris • Hypernyms: ↑featherfoil, ↑feather foil * * * noun : water gillyflower * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • water-violet — plunksnalapė griovenė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Raktažolinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Hottonia palustris), paplitęs Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Hottonia palustris angl. water violet vok. Sumpf Wasserfeder rus. водяное перо; турча …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • water-violet — griovenė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Raktažolinių (Primulaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Hottonia). atitikmenys: lot. Hottonia angl. featherfoil; water violet vok. Wasserfeder; Wasserprimel rus. турча lenk. okrężnica …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • water-violet — n. Featherfoil …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • water violet — /ˈwɔtə vaɪələt/ (say wawtuh vuyuhluht) noun a floating, aquatic, perennial herb, Hottonia palustris, with projecting pale mauve flowers, occurring in ponds in Europe …   Australian English dictionary

  • Violet — Vi o*let, n. [F. violette a violet (cf. violet violet colored), dim. of OF. viole a violet, L. viola; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Iodine}.] 1. (Bot.) Any plant or flower of the genus {Viola}, of many species. The violets are generally low, herbaceous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Water feather — Wa ter feath er Water feather foil Wa ter feath er foil (Bot.) The water violet ({Hottonia palustris}); also, the less showy American plant {Hottonia inflata}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Water feather-foil — Water feather Wa ter feath er Water feather foil Wa ter feath er foil (Bot.) The water violet ({Hottonia palustris}); also, the less showy American plant {Hottonia inflata}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Water gillyflower — Gillyflower Gil ly*flow er, n. [OE. gilofre, gilofer, clove, OF. girofre, girofle, F. girofle: cf. F. girofl[ e]e gillyflower, fr. girofle, Gr. ? clove tree; ? nut + ? leaf, akin to E. foliage. Cf. {Caryophyllus}, {July flower}.] [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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