Nobody is really quite clear on what color puce really is. Some say it’s chartreuse; others say pinkish-purple. Some shrug and throw out “Green?” Well, here’s the official answer – the word comes from the French word for “flea” and designates the color of a flea, which, if you put a flea under a microscope, you would find that it is purplish-brown. Sounds like loose or goose.