[ pur-puhl-hahrt ]
/ ˈpɜr pəlˌhɑrt /
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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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Other definitions for purpleheart (2 of 2)
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)
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)
a decoration awarded to members of the US Armed Forces for a wound incurred in action
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