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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Violet \Vi"o*let\, a. [Cf. F. violet. See Violet, n.] Dark blue, inclining to red; bluish purple; having a color produced by red and blue combined. [1913 Webster] Violet shell (Zool.), any species of Ianthina; -- called also violet snail. See Ianthina. Violet wood, a name given to several kinds of hard purplish or reddish woods, as king wood, myall wood, and the wood of the Andira violacea, a tree of Guiana. [1913 Webster]