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or purply

[pur-plish] /ˈpɜr plɪʃ/
of or having a somewhat purple hue.
Origin of purplish
1555-65; purple + -ish1
Related forms
purplishness, noun Unabridged
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  • It has white or purplish flowers, and later bears a four-valved seed pod containing several hundred seeds.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • Was it his imagination, or had the purplish ink begun to fade?

  • The sun, a flushed crimson ball, edged along the wintry outline of the mountains' purplish snowy glitter.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • He clenched the pistol so tight that his nails turned of a purplish blue.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • The color of the meat should be clear and fairly bright, not purplish or dull.

  • There are three stamens and the anthers are pale or purplish.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
  • Colouring:—Upper side, male, purplish blue (rather deeper than that of Alexis), with a rather broad black margin.

    British Butterfiles W. S. Coleman
Word Origin and History for purplish

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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