purpleheart

noun pur·ple·heart \ ˈpər-pəl-ˌhärt \

Definition of purpleheart

: a strong durable purplish wood that is obtained from various leguminous trees (genus Peltogyne) of Central and South America; also : a tree producing such wood

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1738

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Purple Heart

noun

Definition of Purple Heart

: a U.S. military decoration awarded to any member of the armed forces wounded or killed in action

First Known Use of purple heart

1932

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PURPLEHEART Defined for English Language Learners

Purple Heart

Definition of Purple Heart for English Language Learners

  • : a U.S. military award that is given to a soldier who is wounded or killed in battle


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