red-spotted purple

[ red-spot-id ]
/ ˈrɛdˌspɒt ɪd /

noun

See under purple(def 7).

Origin of red-spotted purple

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75

Definition for red-spotted purple (2 of 2)

purple
[ pur-puh l ]
/ ˈpɜr pəl /

noun

adjective, pur·pler, pur·plest.

verb (used with or without object), pur·pled, pur·pling.

to make or become purple.

Origin of purple

before 1000; Middle English purpel (noun and adjective), Old English purple (adjective), variant of purpure < Latin purpura “kind of shellfish yielding purple dye, the dye, cloth so dyed” < Greek porphýra; cf. purpure, porphyry

OTHER WORDS FROM purple

pur·ple·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for red-spotted purple

purple
/ (ˈpɜːpəl) /

noun

adjective

Derived forms of purple

purpleness, nounpurplish, adjectivepurply, adjective

Word Origin for purple

Old English, from Latin purpura purple dye, from Greek porphura the purple fish (Murex)
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