Tyrian dye
Tyrian Tyr"i*an, a. [L. Tyrius, from Tyrus Tyre, Gr. ?.] 1. Of or pertaining to Tyre or its people. [1913 Webster]

2. Being of the color called Tyrian purple. [1913 Webster]

The bright-eyed perch with fins of Tyrian dye. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Tyrian purple}, or {Tyrian dye}, a celebrated purple dye prepared in ancient Tyre from several mollusks, especially Ianthina, Murex, and Purpura. See the Note under {Purple}, n., 1, and {Purple of mollusca}, under {Purple}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • Tyrian purple — (Greek: polytonic|πορφύρα, porphyra , Latin: purpura ), also known as royal purple, imperial purple or imperial dye, is a purple red dye which was first produced by the ancient Phoenicians in the city of Tyre.Tyrian purple was expensive: the… …   Wikipedia

  • Tyrian — Tyr i*an, a. [L. Tyrius, from Tyrus Tyre, Gr. ?.] 1. Of or pertaining to Tyre or its people. [1913 Webster] 2. Being of the color called Tyrian purple. [1913 Webster] The bright eyed perch with fins of Tyrian dye. Pope. [1913 Webster] {Tyrian… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tyrian purple — Tyrian Tyr i*an, a. [L. Tyrius, from Tyrus Tyre, Gr. ?.] 1. Of or pertaining to Tyre or its people. [1913 Webster] 2. Being of the color called Tyrian purple. [1913 Webster] The bright eyed perch with fins of Tyrian dye. Pope. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tyrian purple — or Tyrian dye n. 1. a natural purple dye originally extracted from the glands of snails (family Muricidae) by the ancient Phoenicians of Tyre: widely used in the ancient and classical world in the dyeing of cloth 2. bluish red …   English World dictionary

  • Tyrian purple — 1. Also called Tyrian dye. a highly prized crimson or purple dye of classical antiquity, originally obtained at great expense from a certain shellfish: later shown to be an indigo derivative and synthetically produced, and now replaced by other… …   Universalium

  • Tyrian purple — 1. noun a) A deep purple dyestuff obtained from the bodies of mollusks of the genus Murex b) A deep purple colour, tinted with red, like that of the dye. 2. adjective Of a deep purple colour, tinted with red, like that of the dye. See Also: Tyre …   Wiktionary

  • Tyrian purple — /ˌtɪriən ˈpɜpəl/ (say .tireeuhn perpuhl) noun a highly prized purple dye of classical antiquity, originally obtained at great expense from a certain shellfish. It was later shown to be an indigo derivative and synthesised, and it has been… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Tyrian — 1510s, from L. Tyrius of Tyre, from Tyrus, island city in the Levant, from Gk. Tyros, from Hebrew/Phoenician tzor, lit. rock, rocky place. Especially in reference to Tyrian purple, a dye made there in ancient times from certain mollusks …   Etymology dictionary

  • Dye — For other uses, see Dye (disambiguation). Yarn drying after being dyed in the early American tradition, at Conner Prairie living history museum. A dye is a colored substance that has an affinity to the substrate to which it …   Wikipedia

  • dye — dyable, dyeable, adj. dyer, n. /duy/, n., v., dyed, dyeing. n. 1. a coloring material or matter. 2. a liquid containing coloring matter, for imparting a particular hue to cloth, paper, etc. 3. color or hue, esp. as produced by dyeing. 4. of the… …   Universalium

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