Purple Heart

Purple Heart

noun U.S. Armed Forces.
a medal awarded for wounds received in action against an enemy or as a direct result of an act of the enemy.

1930–35, Americanism

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the hard, purplish wood of any of several South American trees belonging to the genus Peltogyne, of the legume family, used for making furniture.

1790–1800; purple + heart

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purple heart
1.  any of several tropical American leguminous trees of the genus Peltogyne
2.  the decorative purple heartwood of any of these trees
3.  informal chiefly (Brit) a heart-shaped purple tablet consisting mainly of amphetamine

Purple Heart
a decoration awarded to members of the US Armed Forces for a wound incurred in action

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