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Purple Heart

noun, U.S. Armed Forces.
1.
a medal awarded for wounds received in action against an enemy or as a direct result of an act of the enemy.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35, Americanism

purpleheart

[pur-puh l-hahrt] /ˈpɜr pəlˌhɑrt/
noun
1.
the hard, purplish wood of any of several South American trees belonging to the genus Peltogyne, of the legume family, used for making furniture.
Origin
1790-1800; purple + heart
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British Dictionary definitions for Purple Heart

purple heart

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

Purple Heart

noun
1.
a decoration awarded to members of the US Armed Forces for a wound incurred in action
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Slang definitions & phrases for Purple Heart

purple heart

noun phrase

Any barbiturate, or a mixture of a barbiturate and morphine; goofball, nimby

[1960s+ Narcotics; fr the US decoration awarded for a combat wound]


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