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[mur-ee] /ˈmɜr i/
a dark purplish-red color.
Origin of murrey
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English murrey, morrey < Middle French moré (adj. and noun), morée (noun) < Medieval Latin mōrātum, mōrāta, neuter and feminine of mōrātus, equivalent to Latin mōr(um) mulberry + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged
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  • A blue coat, murrey waistcoat, and breeches of drab set off a figure that could scarcely be surpassed.

    A Group of Noble Dames Thomas Hardy
  • What would her mother say if she lost the murrey skirt, which had cost six shillings at Bridlington fair?

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • murrey, mur′i, adj. dark red or reddish brown, of mulberry colour.

  • One peculiarity of the third period is the frequent use of green patterns on “murrey”-coloured grounds.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • The citizens were all in their best; their garments were for the most part of sober colors—russet, murrey, brown, and gray.

  • The fine cherry designated by this last word is, when ripe, of the exact colour intended by murrey.

    The Curiosities of Heraldry Mark Antony Lower
  • The exact tint of murrey is between gules and purpure; and tenn is an orange-tawny colour.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • The citizens were all in their best; their garments were for the most part of somber colours—russet, murrey, brown, and gray.

British Dictionary definitions for murrey


(Brit, archaic) mulberry-coloured
Word Origin
C14: from Old French moré, ultimately from Latin mōrum mulberry
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