Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of purple. (shades of the colour)
  • n. swine fever or hog cholera
  • n. ear cockle

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In medicine, petechiæ, or spots of livid red on the body, such as appear in certain diseases; purpura.
  • A disease of wheat caused by a nematoid worm of the family Anguillulidæ, Tylenchus scandens or T. tritici. Also called ear-cockle.
  • An early purple-flowered orchid, Orchis mascula, common in Europe and part of Asia.

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Examples

  • But I did buy a piece of my gypsy-outfit-to-be, it’s a little beaded jingly waist scarf thing in purples and fuschias.

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  • There you can see some of these dark purples, which is indicative of about two feet of snow, not to mention wind gusts pushing 50 to 60 miles per hour.

    CNN Transcript Dec 7, 2009

  • Seeing all the naturally-dyed yarn which included many many more colors such as purples and pinks and even some handpainted, all of which I very sadly left on the shelf...

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • A passing cloud throws into the shade the middle ground of grouped and red-tiled roofs overtopped by some stately church, and the terraced gardens that descend into the harmonies of deep reds and greyish purples which is the dominant note in the colour scheme of the "Mala Strana," the small side of Prague on the left bank of the river.

    From a Terrace in Prague

  • He would perhaps have had a rheumatic patient wrapped in the skin of a wolf or a wild cat, and in case of a malignant fever with "purples" or petechiae, or of an obstinate king's evil, he might have prescribed

    Medical Essays, 1842-1882

  • He would perhaps have had a rheumatic patient wrapped in the skin of a wolf or a wild cat, and in case of a malignant fever with "purples" or petechiae, or of an obstinate king's evil, he might have prescribed a certain black powder, which had been made by calcining toads in an earthen pot; a choice remedy, taken internally, or applied to any outward grief.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • I’m thinking out loud here, but would it be possible to have more sunset type colors such as purples and oranges rather than the black?

    Gabriella Hewitt » 2007 » September

  • As a result, Chomet gets to delight in depicting a visually engrossing Edinburgh, rich in purples and dark blues, rippling with fog and drizzle.

    The 'Riffs Interview: 'ILLUSIONIST' filmmaker Sylvain Chomet delves into art, inspiration & Oscars

  • Ms. Missoni is responsible for designing the interiors of each, outfitted with furniture by Eero Saarinen, Marcel Wanders and Arne Jacobsen, and featuring the line's dizzying zig-zags, stripes and flowers throughout, mostly done in black and white but with bursts of bright pinks, teals and purples.

    60 Seconds With: Rosita Missoni

  • Claims Marine who fought in Iraq and had three purples hearts.

    Joshua Lee Ryan in Virginia

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