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purpleheart

[ pur-puhl-hahrt ]
/ ˈpɜr pəlˌhɑrt /
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noun

the hard, purplish wood of any of several South American trees belonging to the genus Peltogyne, of the legume family, used for making furniture.

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Origin of purpleheart

First recorded in 1790–1800; purple + heart

Definition for purpleheart (2 of 2)

Purple Heart

noun U.S. Armed Forces.

a medal awarded for wounds received in action against an enemy or as a direct result of an act of the enemy.

Origin of Purple Heart

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for purpleheart (1 of 2)

purple heart

noun

any of several tropical American leguminous trees of the genus Peltogyne
the decorative purple heartwood of any of these trees
informal, mainly British a heart-shaped purple tablet consisting mainly of amphetamine

British Dictionary definitions for purpleheart (2 of 2)

Purple Heart

noun

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