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[pur-guh-twahr, ‐tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee]
  1. a river in SE Colorado, flowing NE to the Arkansas River. 186 miles (299 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for purgatoire

Historical Examples

  • It was natural enough for the Colorado cowboys to transform "Purgatoire river" to "Picketwire river."

    The Word Hoosier; John Finley

    Jacob Piatt Dunn

  • 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.

  • Well let him have what he wants; the remainder of the herd well throw over on the Purgatoire.

  • The delightful Purgatoire has become a deadly bore, and the enchanting Mephistopheles has been riddled as by a hailstorm.

    Musical Memories

    Camille Saint-Sans