Tyrian dye

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tyrian dye a celebrated purple dye prepared in ancient Tyre from several mollusks, especially Ianthina, Murex, and Purpura. See the Note under Purple n., 1, and Purple of mollusca, under Purple n.
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Usage

In literature:

The crests behind them deepened in purple as the saffron faded in the west, and a gossamer cloud of Tyrian dye floated over Holdfast.
"Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete" by Winston Churchill
For whom were labored the fleeces of the richest Tyrian dye?
"The Works of Horace" by Horace
Tyrian purple dye was greatly prized by the Phoenicians.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
They were not above trading in tin and Tyrian dye.
"Of High Descent" by George Manville Fenn
Sepia, Tyrian dye, etc.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
It is interesting to find the Tyrian dye still employed in their manufactures.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 4, April, 1852" by Various
They were not above trading in tin and Tyrian dye.
"The Haute Noblesse" by George Manville Fenn
A hook was thrown in for the fish, perchance, with the dyes of Tyrian purple.
"A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed." by William Chauncey Bartlett
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In poetry:

Who has not heard how Tyrian shells
Enclosed the blue, that dye of dyes
Whereof one drop worked miracles,
And coloured like Astarte's eyes
Raw silk the merchant sells?
"Popularity" by Robert Browning
Bask not in courtly bower,
Or sun-bright hall of power,
Pass Babel quick, and seek the holy land -
From robes of Tyrian dye
Turn with undazzled eye
To Bethlehem's glade, or Carmel's haunted strand.
"Third Sunday In Advent" by John Keble