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Definition: French purple
(fr[e^]nch), prop. a. [AS. frencisc, LL.
franciscus, from L. Francus a Frank: cf. OF. franceis,
franchois, fran[,c]ois, F. fran[,c]ais. See Frank
, a., and
Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants.
(Bot.), the common kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris
(Bot.), the berry of a species of buckthorn
), which affords a saffron, green or
(Arch.) See French window
(Min.), a variety of granular talc; -- used
for drawing lines on cloth, etc. See under Chalk
(Bot.) The Primula Auricula
(Naut.), a mode of coiling a rope by running it
backward and forward in parallel bends, so that it may run
(Bot.) a plant of the genus Hedysarum
); -- called also garland honeysuckle
, a metallic wind instrument, consisting of a
long tube twisted into circular folds and gradually
expanding from the mouthpiece to the end at which the
sound issues; -- called in France cor de chasse
, an informal, hasty, or secret departure;
esp., the leaving a place without paying one's debts.
[French (here used in sense of “foreign”
pie a magpie (in allusion to its black and white color)]
(Zo["o]l.), the European great spotted woodpecker
); -- called also wood pie
(a) A preparation for the surface of woodwork, consisting of
gums dissolved in alcohol, either shellac alone, or
shellac with other gums added.
(b) The glossy surface produced by the application of the
, a dyestuff obtained from lichens and used
for coloring woolen and silken fabrics, without the aid of
(Arch.), a modified form of mansard roof having
a nearly flat deck for the upper slope.
, a dyer's mixture of protochloride of tin and
logwood; -- called also plum tub
. See under Window
, 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
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. --
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
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.
3. Hence: Imperial sovereignty; royal rank, dignity, or
favor; loosely and colloquially, any exalted station;
great wealth. “He was born in the purple.”
4. A cardinalate. See Cardinal
5. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of large butterflies, usually
marked with purple or blue, of the genus Basilarchia
) as, the banded purple (Basilarchia 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.
. (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