• WordNet 3.6
    • adj purplish of a color intermediate between red and blue
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Purplish Somewhat purple.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Purplish somewhat purple
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. porpre (Fr. pourpre)—L. purpura—Gr. porphyra, the purple-fish.


In literature:

Berries large, round, purplish-red with faint bloom, persistent.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Flowers large, dull purplish, solitary in the axils of last year's leaves.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
This mixture was very distinguishable in colour from the two former, having a purplish cast, which the others wanted.
"Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" by Joseph Priestley
That purplish stuff must be lilacs.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
There was a dull purplish glow falling on the Forest.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
The sunshine came slanting in from the west, cooling half the park with shadows, and lighting the rest with gleams of purplish gold.
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
Their color is red or purplish, and oftentimes by friction they become raw and bleeding, emitting then a very offensive odor.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
There were purplish trees, immense beyond belief.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
Dark stripes of purplish red in the sun, but a greenish pale yellow in the shade.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Specimens before us from the same latitude are dusky indeed; no clear brown at all, but purplish withal.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
Sack, internally, dark purplish lead-colour.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Flowers greenish or purplish, in a panicle =SAXIFRAGACEAE=, p. 49.
"The Plants of Michigan" by Henry Allan Gleason
The "Arctic Wizard," his eyes accustomed to the northern skies, was the first to see a faint purplish blotch in the swirling mist.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The flowers are small, the outer white, the central ones often pink or purplish.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
The purplish dusk was velvet overhead, and silken smooth below.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
His face, green-pale from loss of sleep, slowly mottled with purplish stains.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
There, near the temple, was a purplish blot, from which a few drops of blood were trickling.
"The Auto Boys' Vacation" by James A. Braden
Body dark purplish gray on back, lighter gray on sides and belly; becomes increasingly spotted with increase in size.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
Purplish still, the veins stood out on the firm white flesh.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
Beyond were the mountains, covered with a purplish haze.
"Three Young Ranchmen" by Ralph Bonehill

In poetry:

All along the road the reddish
purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy
stuff of bushes and small trees
with dead, brown leaves under them
leafless vines —
"Spring And All" by William Carlos Williams

In news:

The plant has dark green, somewhat purplish foliage and high stems with dark purple flowers.
Sloes are about three-quarters of an inch across, purplish blue and related to the plum.
Burgundy is a deep red, claret is a purplish red, and maroon is a brownish crimson.
When I'm at my ranch in southern Alberta, I make it with the purplish-blue, tart-sweet berries that look like blueberries .
Boulder is known for its Flatirons, the sky-carving, purplish rock faces on the south end of town that wow you as you roll up Highway 36 from Denver.
Boulder is known for its Flatirons , the sky-carving, purplish rock faces on the south end of town that wow you as you roll up Highway 36 from Denver.
A male Dusky Grouse displays, fanning its tail, tilting its body forward, and exposing its purplish air sac.
In the few weeks that the phone has been on the market, a number of users have grumbled about a purplish glow appearing in their photos when the lens is angled toward the sun.
Stately, plump Ken Monaghan, the 69-year-old nephew of James Joyce, put on a borrowed purplish Edwardian frock coat last Sunday and strolled in an unfashionable corner of Dublin with a small group of Joyce adepts.
Magician David Blaine climbed atop a wobbling platform and proceeded to shoot purplish arcs of lightning out of his hands and the top of his head.
Longer, thicker spears, say ¾ inch or more, are sometimes peeled to remove a tough inedible fibrous outside layer that may be white or purplish.
Borsao wine is a deep, dark blackish-red color with a dense opaque blood-red core going out into a dark purplish-red rim definition with high viscosity.
Rothschild Bordeaux wine is a deep purplish-red color with a semi-opaque core going out into a fine crimson-red rim definition with medium-high viscosity.
In the deepening twilight, the Nebraska sky is becoming a vast palette of lavenders, soft purples and then darker, more majestic purplish blacks.
Napa Valley, Calif. Spiral Wines Cabernet Sauvignon is a deeply opaque blood-ruby red color with a blackish core going out into a fine purplish-crimson red to light fuchsia rim definition with medium viscosity.