Tyrian-purple

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:
1575–85

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

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