Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A moderate purplish red.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brilliant purple-red dye derived from aniline
  • n. The purple-red colour of this dye

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A brilliant deep pink color with a purplish tinge, one of the dyes derived from aniline; -- so called from Solferino in Italy, where a battle was fought about the time of its discovery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The color of rosaniline; an intensely chromatic and luminous purplish rose-color. see purple.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an indecisive battle in 1859 between the French and Sardinians under Napoleon III and the Austrians under Francis Joseph I
  • n. a pink dye that was discovered in 1859, the year a battle was fought at Solferino

Etymologies

After Solferino, a village of northern Italy, from the discovery of a dye of this color in the same year that a battle was fought there (1859).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
So called from Solferino in Italy, where a battle was fought at about the time of its discovery. (Wiktionary)

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  • This life seen in rose, as we know,
    Is achieved with the help of some vino.
    It's pink with two glasses,
    A few more surpasses
    And paints the whole world solferino.

    May 22, 2014