pur·​plish | \ ˈpər-p(ə-)lish How to pronounce purplish (audio) \

Definition of purplish

: somewhat purple

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The yellow fog corridor, for example, disorients those making their way through the passage by creating the illusion of a purplish-blue light at the end of the tunnel. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Consider the Nature of Perception at Olafur Eliasson’s New Show," 10 July 2019 Countless rectilinear shapes, silver and gray, rose in an abnormal sky of purplish clouds and freakishly pink light. Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, "This Is Pleasure," 8 July 2019 Some worms use purplish hemerythrin; others use greenish chlorocruorin; some use a combination of pigments. Quanta Magazine, "Icefish Study Adds Another Color to the Story of Blood," 22 Apr. 2019 For decades, these Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancements — brief but brilliant purplish ribbons across upper latitude night skies — were thought to be a rare kind of aurora. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... The Year in Science," 1 Jan. 2019 The Gaewern Slate Mine in Ceredigion, Wales, was once rich in slate, a purplish-gray rock sought for its beauty and durability. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "A Surreal Subterranean Junkyard Piled With Old Cars," 7 June 2019 Dark, painful blisters will form within two days, and the purplish or brown scars and sensitivity to sunlight can last for years. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 411 on Giant Hogweed, the Invasive Plant That Can Cause Severe Burns and Blisters," 16 July 2018 There are aurorae sometimes seen at Jupiter's poles, similar to the Northern and Southern Lights on Earth except a purplish-blue color due to differences in the two planets' atmospheric compositions. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Juno Spacecraft Reveals New Mysteries at Jupiter," 25 May 2017 Especially in blue California and purplish Nevada, politicians have poured millions and even billions into it. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "How to Solve a Problem Like Elon?," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of purplish

1562, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of purplish

: somewhat purple


pur·​plish | \ ˈpər-plish How to pronounce purplish (audio) \

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: somewhat purple

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