purpure
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, purple Date: 1535 the heraldic color purple

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  • Purpure — Pur pure, n. [L. purpura purple. See {Purple}.] (Her.) Purple, represented in engraving by diagonal lines declining from the right top to the left base of the escutcheon (or from sinister chief to dexter base). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purpure — [pʉr′pyoor] n. [ME < OE(WS): see PURPLE] Heraldry the color purple: indicated in engravings by diagonal lines downward from sinister to dexter …   English World dictionary

  • Purpure — In heraldry, purpure is a tincture, more or less the equivalent of the colour purple , and is one of the five main or most usually used colours (as opposed to metals ). It may be portrayed in engravings by a series of parallel lines at a 45… …   Wikipedia

  • purpure — n. & adj. Heraldry purple. Etymology: OE purpure & OF purpre f. L purpura (as PURPURA) * * * purpure see purpur …   Useful english dictionary

  • purpure — 1. noun /ˈpəpjuːə,ˈpɚpjuɹ/ A purple colour on a coat of arms, represented in engraving by diagonal parallel lines 45 degrees clockwise. , 1997: Many authorities reject the authenticity of purpure as a tincture. mdash; Brault, Early Blazon 2.… …   Wiktionary

  • purpure — /perr pyoor/, Heraldry. n. 1. the tincture or color purple. adj. 2. of the tincture or color purple. [bef. 900; ME, OE < L purpura PURPLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • Purpure — Her. The *tincture purple. It was indicated in black and white illustrations, by showing lines drawn from the shield s *sinister chief to *dexter base, i.e. from top left to bottom right. [< Lat. purpura = purple dyed cloth] …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • purpure — [poor•poo•re] f ( an/ an) purple, a purple garment …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • purpure — heraldic colour purple Colour Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • purpure — [ pə:pjʊə] noun purple, as a heraldic tincture. Origin OE, from L. purpura (see purpura), reinforced by OFr. purpre …   English new terms dictionary

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