from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Tyre or its people.
  • adj. Being of the color called Tyrian purple.
  • n. A native of Tyre.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the ancient city and state of Tyre in Phenicia, on the Mediterranean.
  • Of a purple color characteristic of Tyre.
  • n. A native of Tyre.


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  • One recommended the Chowder Pot; we were on our way there when we happened upon a man robed in tyrian and green, who stood upon an inverted tub addressing an audience of a hundred or so:

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • I was wondering at these hanging gardens amid the forest of pink and white marble, red sardonyx, blue-gray, and cream, and black bricks, and green and yellow and tyrian tiles, when the sight of a lansquenet guarding the entrance to a casern reminded me of the promise I had made the officer of the peltasts the night before.

    The Shadow of the Torturer


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