Tyrian purple


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Tyrian purple a vivid purplish-red color
    • n Tyrian purple a red-purple to deep purple dye obtained from snails or made synthetically
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tyrian purple 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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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tyrian purple a fine purple dye for which the people of ancient Tyre were celebrated
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. porpre (Fr. pourpre)—L. purpura—Gr. porphyra, the purple-fish.


In literature:

If you mixed live and dead lobsters you'd get Tyrian purple.
"The Story of the Amulet" by E. Nesbit
You now enter the tablinum, across which, at either end, hung rich draperies of Tyrian purple, half withdrawn.
"The Last Days of Pompeii" by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
They had also very long heads of hair hanging down, and were clothed in garments of Tyrian purple.
"The Antiquities of the Jews" by Flavius Josephus
Her barge was gilded, and was wafted on its way by swelling sails of Tyrian purple.
"Famous Affinities of History, Vol 1-4, Complete" by Lyndon Orr
Their short kilted skirts were of rich Tyrian purple embroidered with gold.
"The Young Carthaginian" by G.A. Henty
His copious black hair was evidently surreptitious, and his whiskers of the Tyrian purple.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The head was of Persian silk, and dyed with Tyrian purple.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
Curse on that man who finds the emerald green, And Tyrian purples for our flattered girls!
"The Elegies of Tibullus" by Tibullus
Woollen goods, dyed with Tyrian purple, were imported from Miletus, in Caria.
"Robert Kerr's General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 18" by William Stevenson
The modern chemist has robbed royalty of its most distinctive insignia, Tyrian purple.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
They were nearing the mountains again, and both raised their eyes to the peaks deeply shadowed in Tyrian purple.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
The Greeks loved color, and their embroideries were in gold and blue and Tyrian purple.
"Color Value" by C. R. Clifford
Apollo rose, his brow wreathed with Parnassian laurel, while his robe of Tyrian purple swept the ground.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
A haze of Tyrian hue purpled the hills that encircled the little town, and mellowed the glory of the sunshine.
"Bee and Butterfly" by Lucy Foster Madison
His copious black hair was evidently surreptitious, and his whiskers of the Tyrian purple.
"A History of Pendennis, Volume 1" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Then Apollo rose, crowned with laurel and wearing a robe of Tyrian purple that swept the ground.
"Wonder Stories" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
The verses, writ in golden brown, lie on a ground of palest blue, thrilling to Tyrian purple.
"William Blake" by Irene Langridge
Tyrian purple he rejected as being too dull for the comparison.
"The Cassowary" by Stanley Waterloo
The kind collected near Tyre was the best; and hence the Tyrian purple acquired especial celebrity.
"Popular Technology, Vol. I (of 2)" by Edward Hazen
But you can never rely on the name of a color after a thousand years, so the Tyrian purple is almost a red.
"Library Notes" by A. P. Russell

In poetry:

No hoard of silver I possessed,
No purple brought from Tyrian mart,
So, as love's guerdon, from my breast
With fevered hand I tore the heart.
"The Sphinx" by George Sylvester Viereck
"Take courage"—courage! ay, my purple peer
I will take courage; for thy Tyrian rays
Refresh me to the heart, and strangely dear
And healing is thy praise.
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
Instant a grateful form appear'd confest;
White were his locks, with awful scarlet crown'd,
And livelier far than Tyrian seem'd his vest,
That with the glowing purple tinged the ground.
"Elegy VII. He Describes His Vision to An Acquaintance" by William Shenstone