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 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • purple martin — Martin Mar tin, n. [F. martin, from the proper name Martin. Cf. {Martlet}.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of several species of swallows, usually having the tail less deeply forked than the tail of the common swallows. [Written also {marten}.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purple martin — ☆ purple martin n. the largest North American swallow (Progne subis), with bluish black plumage …   English World dictionary

  • Purple Martin — Taxobox name = Purple Martin image width = 220px image caption = Male Purple Martin status = LC status system = iucn3.1 status ref=BirdLife International (2004)] regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia =… …   Wikipedia

  • purple martin — purpurinė miškinė kregždė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Progne subis angl. purple martin vok. Purpurschwalbe, f rus. пурпурная лесная ласточка, f pranc. hirondelle noire, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – miškinės kregždės …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • purple martin — noun large North American martin of which the male is blue black • Syn: ↑Progne subis • Hypernyms: ↑martin • Member Holonyms: ↑Progne, ↑genus Progne …   Useful english dictionary

  • purple martin — noun Date: 1743 a large swallow (Progne subis) of North America the males of which have glossy purplish blue plumage …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • purple martin — a large American swallow, Progne subis, the male of which is blue black. [1735 45, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • purple martin — pur′ple mar′tin n. orn a large American swallow, Progne subis, the male of which is blue black • Etymology: 1735–45, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • 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

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