Purple grackle
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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  • purple grackle — ☆ purple grackle n. the common grackle …   English World dictionary

  • purple grackle — noun eastern United States grackle • Syn: ↑Quiscalus quiscula • Hypernyms: ↑grackle, ↑crow blackbird * * * noun : a No. American grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) with black and in the full plumaged male purplish iridescent plumage see …   Useful english dictionary

  • purple grackle — Crow Crow, n. [AS. cr[=a]we a crow (in sense 1); akin to D. kraai, G. kr[aum]he; cf. Icel. kr[=a]ka crow. So named from its cry, from AS. cr[=a]wan to crow. See {Crow}, v. i. ] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A bird, usually black, of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purple grackle — the eastern subspecies of the common grackle, Quiscalus quiscula, of North America, having an iridescent purple back. [1775 85, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Grackle — Grac kle, n. [Cf. L. graculus jackdaw.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) One of several American blackbirds, of the family {Icterid[ae]}; as, the rusty grackle ({Scolecophagus Carolinus}); the boat tailed grackle (see Boat tail); the purple grackle ({Quiscalus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Purple copper ore — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Purple martin — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Purple sandpiper — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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