por·​phy·​rog·​e·​nite | \ ˌpȯ(r)fəˈräjəˌnīt, -fərōˈjeˌn- \
variants: or porphyrogenitus \ -​fərōˈjenətəs \
plural porphyrogenites\ -​ˌnīts \ or porphyrogeniti\ -​nəˌtī \

Definition of porphyrogenite

: a son born after the accession of his father to the throne : one born in the purple

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History and Etymology for porphyrogenite

Medieval Latin porphyrogenitus, from Middle Greek porphyrogennētos, from Greek porphyra purple + gennētos born, from gennan to bear; akin to Greek gignesthai to be born

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“Porphyrogenite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porphyrogenite. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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