Definition of Tyrian purple
: a crimson or purple dye that is related to indigo, was obtained by the ancient Greeks and Romans from gastropod mollusks, and is now made synthetically
Origin of tyrian purple
Tyre, maritime city of ancient Phoenicia
First Known Use: circa 1586
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up Tyrian purple? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).