Purple bird
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} (Zo["o]l.), the European purple gallinule. See under {Gallinule}.

{Purple copper ore}. (Min.) See {Bornite}.

{Purple grackle} (Zo["o]l.), the crow blackbird. See under {Crow}.

{Purple martin}. See under {Martin}.

{Purple sandpiper}. See under {Sandpiper}.

{Purple shell}. See {Ianthina}. [1913 Webster]


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