from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A purple pigment prepared by precipitating alizarin in combination with a metallic oxid of aluminium and iron in the right proportion to give a purple. It is very permanent.

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  • adj. of black tinged with purple


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  • Best known as the purple-black background to many ancient American Indian drawings or petroglyphs in the southwestern United States, the varnish coats rocks in arid climates.

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  • Approaching Sonoma, I see roadside fields of vines heavy with purple-black grapes, and through the town squat palms line the streets like upended joints, cartoonish and mocking.

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  • Those gorgeous purple-black clusters are a sure sign that fall is nigh.

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  • In Cahors, however, it produced a deep, tannic purple-black wine that can be unapproachable in youth, but with time produces wines deep with flavors such as black cherry and ripe fruit.

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  • Celestial One: Gold wings, hair a cap of tight black curls, ebony skin etched with graceful, gold-inked glyphs, gold light fades from his eyes, revealing irises the dark purple-black of ripe plums; his full lips twist into a calculating smile; a purple kilt flecked with silver stars is double-belted at his muscular waist.

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  • The bacteria come from her home state, from Mexico, from Utah, from Chile, from volcanoes, from extreme environments of all kinds, and all are now growing in some agar medium and usually producing in bountiful quantities the purple-black signature of manganese.

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  • (To the average bystander, the purple-black lipstick and Theda Bara eyeliner on a guy pretty much say “Goth.”) Throbert McGee (Quote)

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  • It was dark purple-black in the glass with a decent nose of blackberries, blueberries and spice.

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  • Sloe gin is just the tipple for warming up cold days, but you have to think ahead and make it now so the rock-hard, purple-black fruits have time to flavour the gin.

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  • The rind of Barone Rosso is literally wine-dark, purple-black.

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