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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Purple \Pur"ple\, a. 1. Exhibiting or possessing the color called purple, much esteemed for its richness and beauty; of a deep red, or red and blue color; as, a purple robe. [1913 Webster] 2. Imperial; regal; -- so called from the color having been an emblem of imperial authority. [1913 Webster] Hide in the dust thy purple pride. --Shelley. [1913 Webster] 3. Blood-red; bloody. [1913 Webster] May such purple tears be alway shed. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I view a field of blood, And Tiber rolling with a purple blood. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Purple bird (Zool.), the European purple gallinule. See under Gallinule. Purple copper ore. (Min.) See Bornite. Purple grackle (Zool.), the crow blackbird. See under Crow. Purple martin. See under Martin. Purple sandpiper. See under Sandpiper. Purple shell. See Ianthina. [1913 Webster]