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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Purple  \Pur"ple\,  n.;  pl  {Purples}.  [OE.  purpre,  pourpre,  OF 
  purpre,  porpre,  pourpre,  F.  pourpre,  L.  purpura  purple  fish, 
  purple  dye,  fr  Gr  ?  the  purple  fish,  a  shell  from  the 
  purple  dye  was  obtained,  purple  dye;  cf  ?  dark  (said  of  the 
  sea),  purple,  ?  to  grow  dark  (said  of  the  sea),  to  be 
  troubled;  perh.  akin  to  L.  furere  to  rage,  E.  fury:  cf  AS 
  purpure.  Cf  {Porphyry},  {Purpure}.] 
  1.  A  color  formed  by  or  resembling  that  formed  by  a 
  combination  of  the  primary  colors  red  and  blue. 
  Arraying  with  reflected  purple  and  gold  The  clouds 
  that  on  his  western  throne  attend.  --  Milton. 
  Note:  The  ancient  words  which  are  translated  purple  are 
  supposed  to  have  been  used  for  the  color  we  call 
  crimson.  In  the  gradations  of  color  as  defined  in  art, 
  purple  is  a  mixture  of  red  and  blue.  When  red 
  predominates  it  is  called  violet,  and  when  blue 
  predominates,  hyacinth. 
  2.  Cloth  dyed  a  purple  color,  or  a  garment  of  such  color; 
  especially,  a  purple  robe,  worn  as  an  emblem  of  rank  or 
  authority;  specifically,  the  purple  rode  or  mantle  worn  by 
  Roman  emperors  as  the  emblem  of  imperial  dignity;  as  to 
  put  on  the  imperial  purple. 
  Thou  shalt  make  the  tabernacle  with  ten  curtains  of 
  fine  twined  linen,  and  purple,  and  scarlet.  --Ex. 
  xxvi.  1. 
  3.  Hence:  Imperial  sovereignty;  royal  rank,  dignity,  or 
  favor;  loosely  and  colloquially,  any  exalted  station; 
  great  wealth.  ``He  was  born  in  the  purple.''  --Gibbon. 
  4.  A  cardinalate.  See  {Cardinal}. 
  5.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  species  of  large  butterflies,  usually 
  marked  with  purple  or  blue,  of  the  genus  {Basilarchia} 
  (formerly  {Limenitis})  as  the  banded  purple  ({B. 
  arthemis}).  See  Illust.  under  {Ursula}. 
  6.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  shell  of  the  genus  Purpura. 
  7.  pl.(Med.)  See  {Purpura}. 
  8.  pl  A  disease  of  wheat.  Same  as  {Earcockle}. 
  Note:  Purple  is  sometimes  used  in  composition,  esp.  with 
  participles  forming  words  of  obvious  signification;  as 
  purple-colored,  purple-hued,  purple-stained, 
  purple-tinged,  purple-tinted,  and  the  like 
  {French  purple}.  (Chem.)  Same  as  {Cudbear}. 
  {Purple  of  Cassius}.  See  {Cassius}. 
  {Purple  of  mollusca}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  coloring  matter  derived 
  from  certain  mollusks,  which  dyes  wool,  etc.,  of  a  purple 
  or  crimson  color,  and  is  supposed  to  be  the  substance  of 
  the  famous  Tyrian  dye.  It  is  obtained  from  Ianthina,  and 
  from  several  species  of  Purpura,  and  Murex. 
  {To  be  born  in  the  purple},  to  be  of  princely  birth;  to  be 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Purple  \Pur"ple\,  a. 
  1.  Exhibiting  or  possessing  the  color  called  purple,  much 
  esteemed  for  its  richness  and  beauty;  of  a  deep  red,  or 
  red  and  blue  color;  as  a  purple  robe. 
  2.  Imperial;  regal;  --  so  called  from  the  color  having  been 
  an  emblem  of  imperial  authority. 
  Hide  in  the  dust  thy  purple  pride.  --Shelley. 
  3.  Blood-red;  bloody. 
  May  such  purple  tears  be  alway  shed.  --Shak. 
  I  view  a  field  of  blood,  And  Tiber  rolling  with  a 
  purple  blood.  --Dryden. 
  {Purple  bird}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  European  purple  gallinule.  See 
  under  {Gallinule}. 
  {Purple  copper  ore}.  (Min.)  See  {Bornite}. 
  {Purple  grackle}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  crow  blackbird.  See  under 
  {Purple  martin}.  See  under  {Martin}. 
  {Purple  sandpiper}.  See  under  {Sandpiper}. 
  {Purple  shell}.  See  {Ianthina}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Purple  \Pur"ple\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Purpled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  To  make  purple;  to  dye  of  purple  or  deep  red  color;  as  hands 
  purpled  with  blood. 
  When  morn  Purples  the  east.  --Milton. 
  Reclining  soft  in  blissful  bowers,  Purpled  sweet  with 
  springing  flowers.  --  Fenton. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  of  a  color  midway  between  red  and  blue  [syn:  {violet},  {purplish}] 
  2:  excessively  elaborate  or  showily  expressed;  "a  writer  of 
  empurpled  literature";  "many  purple  passages";  "speech 
  embellished  with  classical  quotations";  "an 
  over-embellished  story  of  the  fish  that  got  away"  [syn:  {embellished}, 
  {empurpled},  {over-embellished}] 
  3:  belonging  to  or  befitting  a  supreme  ruler;  "golden  age  of 
  imperial  splendor";  "purple  tyrant";  "regal  attire"; 
  "treated  with  royal  acclaim";  "the  royal  carriage  of  a 
  stag's  head"  [syn:  {imperial},  {majestic},  {regal},  {royal}] 
  4:  made  purple  especially  as  with  suffused  blood;  "empurpled 
  with  rage";  "purple  with  suppressed  anger"  [syn:  {empurpled}] 
  n  1:  a  chromatic  color  between  red  and  blue  [syn:  {purpleness},  {empurpled}] 
  2:  of  imperial  status;  "he  was  born  to  the  purple" 
  v  1:  become  purple 
  2:  color  purple  [syn:  {empurple},  {purpurate}] 

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