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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 of purpleheart
1790-1800
1790-1800; purple + heart

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
1930-35, Americanism
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  • In Guiana the canoe is made of the bark of the purple-heart tree, stripped off and tied together at the ends.

    The Evolution of Culture Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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