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Tyrian

[tir-ee-uh n] /ˈtɪr i ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to ancient Tyre or its people.
2.
of the color of Tyrian purple.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; < Latin Tyri(us) (< Greek Týrios, derivative of Týros Tyre) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Tyrian

Tyrian

/ˈtɪrɪən/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of ancient Tyre
2.
short for Tyrian purple (sense 2)
adjective
3.
of or relating to ancient Tyre
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Word Origin and History for Tyrian
adj.

1510s, from Latin Tyrius "of Tyre," from Tyrus, island-city in the Levant, from Greek Tyros, from Hebrew/Phoenician tzor, literally "rock, rocky place." Especially in reference to Tyrian purple, a dye made there in ancient times from certain mollusks.

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