from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Somewhat purple.

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

  • adjective Somewhat purple.

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  • adjective Somewhat purple in colour/color.

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  • adjective of a color intermediate between red and blue


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From purple +‎ -ish.



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  • Almost directly in front of him, but far off, the gilded dome of the court-house at Bonneville was glinting radiant in the first rays of the sun, while a few miles distant, toward the north, the venerable campanile of the Mission San Juan stood silhouetted in purplish black against the flaming east.

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