pur·​plish | \ˈpər-p(ə-)lish \

Definition of purplish 

: somewhat purple

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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 All the photos have a purplish tinge to them that doesn’t look great. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best instant camera for the beach," 10 Aug. 2018 Some are fairly easy to grasp, such as the way cinematographer Mike Eley shoots and prettifies the landscape, all lovely purplish sunsets and golden wheat fields. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Jessica Chastain plays the artist who painted Sitting Bull in the inert history lesson 'Woman Walks Ahead'," 28 June 2018 In a purplish shade of bruise, with smirks and implications, taunts and sucker punches. Brian Gresko, Longreads, "Wrestling With My Father," 12 June 2018 Partway through the test, researchers began showing fewer blue dots (and more purple or purplish dots) to some participants. Helen Shen, Scientific American, "The Despondent Mind: Are Our Brains Wired for Doom and Gloom?," 28 June 2018 These spots usually are tan, purplish, dark brown or black and merge into dead areas that sometimes follow the leaf veins. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Fungal diseases may be cause of brown spots on tree leaves," 26 June 2018 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," 21 June 2018 Its hairless stalks are light green with red to purplish blotches on the stalk or trunk, with graceful, carrot-like leaves. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Know the proper ways to attack all of our plentiful weeds," 1 June 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 \

Kids Definition of purplish

: somewhat purple

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