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What color is puce?

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Puce is a dark mix of purple and brown. The color's name is derived from the French word for flea, and is named for the color left behind when a flea is crushed. Puce is a standard color in both the ISCC-NBS and Pantone color lists.

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The use of puce as a color name in English dates back to 1787, though its use in French is attested as far back as the 14th century. The color's popularity in fashion was first recorded in 18th-century France as part of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette's court fashion, and has continued through modern times.

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