A color intermediate between red and blue
A plant with a solitary three-petaled flower above a whorl of three leaves, native to North American and Asia
Rare a reddish-purple colour; = sense A. 7.
Of, relating to, or designating a person who is ‘born to the purple’.
= purple swamphen.
Any of various gastropod molluscs which historically yielded the dye Tyrian purple.
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), used as a recreational drug.
A lake (pigment) of a purple colour, formerly made from the cochineal insect, Dactylopius coccus.
Any of various lilies or lily-like plants having blue or purple flowers; specifically †(a) the martagon lily, Lilium martagon (obsolete).
A shade of red inclining to or tinged with purple.
A grave or heinous sin.
= purple airway.
A bright red-purple colour.
A route reserved for an aircraft on which a monarch or a member of a royal family is flying.
(More fully purple beech tree) an ornamental variety of the beech, Fagus sylvatica, with purplish leaves.
A cheap red wine.
An intoxicating beverage made by adding cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine to a carbonated soft drink, consumed as a recreational drug
The process or practice of dyeing cloth purple.
Any of various infectious diseases accompanied by a dark red or purplish, often petechial, rash.
A common North American finch, Carpodacus purpureus, the male of which has mainly rose-red plumage.
The hypobranchial gland of some gastropod molluscs, especially those that yield Tyrian purple.
(In the US) a military decoration for those wounded or killed in action, established in 1782 and re-established in 1932
A large, slender Old World heron, Ardea purpurea, which has a reddish-buff head and neck and reddish-purple underparts.
A martin with purplish-blue plumage. It is the largest North American swallow, and the male is the only swallow with uniform dark plumage on its belly
The fodder plant alfalfa, Medicago sativa.
= purple willow.
A run of success or good luck
Prose that is too elaborate or ornate
A person selling Tyrian purple, especially. St Lydia of Thyatira.
A small prostrate purplish spurge, Euphorbia peplis, found on sandy coastal areas in southern and western Europe (and formerly the British Isles).
A US state where the Democratic and Republican parties have similar levels of support among voters
= purple sea urchin.
A person who habitually wears purple, especially (formerly) a rich or noble person.
A shrubby European willow, Salix purpurea, which has purplish bark and was formerly much used in basket making.
Queen's wreath, Petrea volubilis.
A rich deep shade of purple
Another term for rhodopsin.
Cloth of (or trimmed with) a rich crimson or purple colour; specifically (with the) a robe or garment made of this, worn as the distinguishing dress of Roman and Byzantine emperors. Hence figurative: imperial office, rank, or power.
A dark red pigment containing iron oxide.
Any of several amaranths; especially the prince's feather, Amaranthus cruentus, and the slender amaranth, A. blitum, cultivated for its edible leaves.
A room in the palace of the Byzantine Emperors in which members of the royal family were born, believed either to be decorated with purple cloth or to be inlaid with porphyry; the porphyry chamber; also in extended use.
Of a purple colour; coloured with purple.
The hemiparasitic European plant field cow wheat, Melampyrum arvense, which has pink-purple flowers and grows in cornfields and field margins.
A large European woodland butterfly that has iridescent purplish-black wings with white markings
A North American grackle (family Icteridae), the male of which has glossy purplish plumage on the head, now regarded as a common grackle of the nominate subspecies Quiscalus quiscula quiscula.
The gromwell Lithospermum purpureocaeruleum, found in limestone areas of Eurasia and having purple flowers which turn blue; also called blue gromwell.
A membrane containing photoactive pigments which is produced under certain conditions in the archaebacterium Halobacterium salinarium.
A southern European mullein grown for ornament,V. phoeniceum, having flowers in various shades of purple, red, etc.
An elaborate or excessively ornate passage in a literary composition