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

Definition of purplish

: somewhat purple

Examples of purplish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My brother picks up a heavy jar of purplish pickles, and sighs. Longreads, 20 Apr. 2022 Overly wet soil conditions can lead to the stems, petioles and leaves expressing more of this purplish pigmentation. oregonlive, 10 Apr. 2022 Many of those rocks are covered in an intriguing purplish coating that resembles desert varnishes on Earth—patinas associated with hardy, radiation-resistant types of terrestrial microbes. Nadia Drake, Scientific American, 17 Feb. 2022 A few hours before his admission, his skin developed a purplish discoloration. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 22 Feb. 2022 Large sheets of cheesecloth affixed to surfaces gently sprayed with a purplish mix of red and blue color, sometimes overlaid with smoky black, do double duty. Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 The skin may appear bright red or purplish depending on your skin tone, smooth, and almost raw in appearance. Rachel Nall, Msn, SELF, 7 Feb. 2022 That’s why this exceptional 10.64-carat fancy vivid purplish-pink diamond fetched $20 million. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 5 Feb. 2022 The green is actually paint, but the purplish brown that represents flesh in many of the pictures is shoe polish. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of purplish

1562, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of purplish was in 1562

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12 May 2022

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“Purplish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purplish. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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

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: somewhat purple


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