Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of a mulberry (dark-red) color.
  • noun In heraldry, a tincture of a dark-reddish brown, also called sanguine, indicated in heraldic representations in black and white by lines crossing each other diagonally at right angles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A dark red color.

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  • noun The mulberry fruit.
  • noun heraldry A tincture, the colour of mulberries, between gules and purpure.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English murrei, from Old French more, from Latin mōrum, mulberry, blackberry.]

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From Middle English murreye, from Middle French moré, morée, from Latin moratum, morata, from neuter and feminine respectively of moratus ("mulberry-colored"), from morum ("mulberry") + -atus ("-ate").

Examples

  • When Symon, Bishop of Ely, performed the ceremony of Churching for Queen Philippa, the royal dame bestowed upon him the gown which she wore on that occasion; it is described as a murrey-coloured velvet, powdered with golden squirrels, and was of such voluminous pattern that it was cut over into three copes!

    Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages A Description of Mediaeval Workmanship in Several of the Departments of Applied Art, Together with Some Account of Special Artisans in the Early Renaissance

  • Strachey; "howbeit, it is supposed neither of them naturally borne so discolored; for Captain Smith (lyving sometymes amongst them) affirmeth how they are from the womb indifferent white, but as the men, so doe the women," "dye and disguise themselves into this tawny cowler, esteeming it the best beauty to be nearest such a kind of murrey as a sodden quince is of," as the Greek women colored their faces and the ancient

    The Story of Pocahontas

  • The women are of the same hue as the men, says Strachey; "howbeit, it is supposed neither of them naturally borne so discolored; for Captain Smith (lyving sometymes amongst them) affirmeth how they are from the womb indifferent white, but as the men, so doe the women," "dye and disguise themselves into this tawny cowler, esteeming it the best beauty to be nearest such a kind of murrey as a sodden quince is of," as the Greek women colored their faces and the ancient Britain women dyed themselves with red;

    The Complete Project Gutenberg Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

  • The toilet too, with its mirror, turbaned, after the manner of the beginning of the century, with a coiffure of murrey-coloured silk, and its hundred strange-shaped boxes, providing for arrangements which had been obsolete for more than fifty years, had an antique, and in so far a melancholy, aspect.

    The Tapestried Chamber

  • The toilet too, with its mirror, turbaned, after the manner of the beginning of the century, with a coiffure of murrey-coloured silk, and its hundred strange-shaped boxes, providing for arrangements which had been obsolete for more than fifty years, had an antique, and in so far a melancholy, aspect.

    The Tapestried Chamber

  • For instance, how could the silver of the dew-cloud, and golden weft of sunrise, playing through the dapples of a partly wooded glen, do better (in the matter of variety) than frame a pretty moving figure in a pink checked frock, with a skirt of russet murrey, and a bright brown hat?

    Mary Anerley

  • He wore a murrey-coloured plush jerkin, stained with the overflowings of the tankard, and much the worse for wear, and unbuttoned at bottom for the ease of his enormous paunch.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • What would her mother say if she lost the murrey skirt, which had cost six shillings at

    Mary Anerley

  • She was poorly dressed in a gown of murrey homespun, whose clumsy folds did nothing to disguise the signs of pregnancy.

    The Wicked Day

  • 'They were dressed in striped hose of black and tawny, velvet caps graced at the sides with silver roses, and doublets of murrey and blue cloth, embroidered on the front and back with the three feathers, the prince's blazon, woven in gold.

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  • The merry monks in murrey

    Went out to ride to Surrey

    But stomachs to ribs

    They put on their bibs

    To eat of that staining mulberry.

    Jim G.

    June 15, 2010