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[pur-plish] /ˈpɜr plɪʃ/
of or having a somewhat purple hue.
Also, purply.
Origin of purplish
1555-65; purple + -ish1
Related forms
purplishness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They can cause pain in the foot and usually appear purplish in color.
  • The rows curve tight, but around them is a sort of scar of clay, and the leaves have a purplish blight.
  • In preserved specimens, the back turns purplish blue.
  • Strongly iridescent, with a bright blue or purplish blue sheen on the head, while the body is greenish.
  • In another it coalesced into purplish rafts the size of small swimming pools.
  • It was perched high on a mountain slope that climbed all the way from the river to a line of purplish summits crowned with white.
  • They change from brown to purplish-red after they eat, becoming larger and more cigar-shaped.
  • To make copies, you'd need a sheet of this purplish-looking stuff.
  • The film is consciously purplish and consciously funny, and the two work together in an original, down- home way.
  • Parts of the city, which is packed with displaced people, are still covered by a layer of purplish rock up to twelve feet thick.
Word Origin and History for purplish

1560s, from purple (n.) + -ish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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