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[pur-guh-twahr, ‐tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] /ˈpɜr gəˌtwɑr, ‐ˌtɔr i, ‐ˌtoʊr i/
a river in SE Colorado, flowing NE to the Arkansas River. 186 miles (299 km) long. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was natural enough for the Colorado cowboys to transform "Purgatoire river" to "Picketwire river."

  • Hundreds of flathead chubs were collected in such pools in the Purgatoire and Arkansas rivers.

  • Harkness can go to the Purgatoire; he will go if you ask him, though likely he wouldnt for me; and you can have charge here.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • Well let him have what he wants; the remainder of the herd well throw over on the Purgatoire.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • The delightful Purgatoire has become a deadly bore, and the enchanting Mephistopheles has been riddled as by a hailstorm.

    Musical Memories Camille Saint-Sans
  • The delightful Purgatoire, where the author sees a chorus of souls in Purgatory, is much better.

    Musical Memories Camille Saint-Sans
  • "If thar's anybody at Bent's ranch on th' Purgatoire, we might pick up a re-mount thar," muttered Tom.

    Bring Me His Ears Clarence E. Mulford

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