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  • n. : A purple colour on a coat of arms, represented in engraving by diagonal parallel lines 45 degrees clockwise.
  • adj. In blazon, of the colour purple.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Purple, -- represented in engraving by diagonal lines declining from the right top to the left base of the escutcheon (or from sinister chief to dexter base).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Purple: represented in heraldry by diagonal lines from the sinister base of the shield to the dexter chief.


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From Old French purpure ("purple").


  • The juma records stated the Collector had been buried in his "robes of purpure royal."

    Song of Time

  • I think the purple of the mantling highly effective -- purpure, that's called -- which, taken with the red and black, would give a most romantic light to our hall in New Babylon if we put a window at the turn of the stair.

    The Henchman

  • In the Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica (Vol. I, p. 254) the family is traced to the year 1588, and the arms given as Vair, purpure and erm on a chief gu.

    Virginia and Virginians

  • It displayed on a field, vert, three waving transverse bars argent, and in a free quarter-purpure - dexter a medal of the Franco-Prussian War in natural colors.

    The Malady of the Century

  • That old shield of Florence, parted per pale, argent and gules, (or our own Saxon Oswald's, parted per pale, or and purpure,) are heraldry changeless in sign; declaring the necessary balance, in ruling men, of the Rational and Imaginative powers; pure Alp, and glowing cloud.

    Val d'Arno

  • Colemanus impavidus nondum, atque in purpure natus

    The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell

  • _Ogress_ is sable: the _Pomme_ is vert: and the _Golpe_ is purpure.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • For DE LACI, Earl of LINCOLN -- _Or, a Lion rampt. purpure_ (E.  2), No. 194.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • It is bubbling, clear purpure in color and tastes like peppermint with a hint of corn.


  • On the dexter side an angel, mantle purpure; on the head a celestial crown; the right hand supporting an anchor proper; in the left a palm branch, or.

    Peerage of England, genealogical, biographical, and historical


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