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Purple, adj. 1) of the colour of the violet: the p. pride which on thy (the violet's) “soft cheek for complexion dwells,” Sonn. 99, 3. “the p. violets,” Per. IV, 1, 16. before milk-white, now p. with love's wound (the viola tricolor) Mids. II, 1, 167. III, 2, 102. “p. grapes,” III, 1, 170. “p. the sails,” Ant. II, 2, 198. cf. Wiv. V, 5, 74. Ven. 1168.
2) red; used of blood: “p. tears that his wound wept,” Ven. 1054. the p. fountain (of her wound) Lucr. 1734. R2 III, 3, 94. H6C I, 4, 12. II, 5, 99. V, 6, 64. R3 IV, 4, 277. Rom. I, 1, 92.
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