Tyrian purple

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noun Tyr·i·an purple \ˈtir-ē-ən-\

Definition of Tyrian purple

  1. :  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 and Etymology of tyrian purple

Tyre, maritime city of ancient Phoenicia


First Known Use: circa 1586


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