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Tyrian purple

noun
1.
Also called Tyrian dye. a highly prized crimson or purple dye of classical antiquity, originally obtained at great expense from a certain shellfish: later shown to be an indigo derivative and synthetically produced, and now replaced by other synthetic dyes.
2.
a vivid, purplish red.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85
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Tyrian purple

noun
1.
a deep purple dye obtained from molluscs of the genus Murex and highly prized in antiquity
2.
  1. a vivid purplish-red colour
  2. (as adjective): a Tyrian-purple robe Sometimes shortened to Tyrian
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