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Purple Heart

noun U.S. Armed Forces.
  1. a medal awarded for wounds received in action against an enemy or as a direct result of an act of the enemy.
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Origin of Purple Heart

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35
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Historical Examples

  • In Guiana the canoe is made of the bark of the purple-heart tree, stripped off and tied together at the ends.

    The Evolution of Culture

    Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers


British Dictionary definitions for purple heart

purple heart

noun
  1. any of several tropical American leguminous trees of the genus Peltogyne
  2. the decorative purple heartwood of any of these trees
  3. informal, mainly British a heart-shaped purple tablet consisting mainly of amphetamine
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Purple Heart

noun
  1. a decoration awarded to members of the US Armed Forces for a wound incurred in action
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