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perse

[purs] /pɜrs/
adjective
1.
of a very deep shade of blue or purple.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English pers < Medieval Latin persus, perhaps variant of perseus kind of blue, itself alteration of Latin Persicus Persian

Perse

[pers, purs] /pɛrs, pɜrs/
noun
1.
St.-John
[sin-juh n] /ˈsɪn dʒən/ (Show IPA),
St.-John Perse.
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British Dictionary definitions for perse

perse

/pɜːs/
noun
1.
  1. a dark greyish-blue colour
  2. (as adjective): perse cloth
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin persus, perhaps changed from Latin Persicus Persian

Perse

/pɜːs; French pɛrs/
noun
1.
Saint-John (ˈsɪndʒən), real name Alexis Saint-Léger. 1887–1975, French poet, born in Guadeloupe. His works include Anabase (1922) and Chronique (1960). Nobel prize for literature 1960
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Word Origin and History for perse
adj.

late 14c., "blue, bluish-gray," later "purplish-black," from Old French pers "(dark) blue, livid; wan, pale," from Late Latin persus, perhaps a back-formation from one of the early European forms of Persia.

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