of a very deep shade of blue or purple.

1325–75; Middle English pers < Medieval Latin persus, perhaps variant of perseus kind of blue, itself alteration of Latin Persicus Persian Unabridged
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perse (pɜːs)
a.  a dark greyish-blue colour
 b.  (as adjective): perse cloth
[C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin persus, perhaps changed from Latin Persicus Persian]

Perse (pɜːs, French pɛrs)
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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