[ red-spot-id ]
/ ˈrɛdˌspɒt ɪd /
See under purple(def 7).
Words nearby red-spotted purple
Origin of red-spotted purple
An Americanism dating back to 1765–75
Definition for red-spotted purple (2 of 2)
[ pur-puh l ]
/ ˈpɜr pəl /
any color having components of both red and blue, such as lavender, especially one deep in tone.
cloth or clothing of this hue, especially as formerly worn distinctively by persons of imperial, royal, or other high rank.
the rank or office of a cardinal.
the office of a bishop.
imperial, regal, or princely rank or position.
deep red; crimson.
any of several nymphalid butterflies, as Basilarchia astyanax (red-spotted purple), having blackish wings spotted with red, or Basilarchia arthemis (banded purple or white admiral), having brown wings banded with white.
adjective, pur·pler, pur·plest.
of the color purple.
imperial, regal, or princely.
brilliant or showy.
full of exaggerated literary devices and effects; marked by excessively ornate rhetoric: a purple passage in a novel.
profane or shocking, as language.
relating to or noting political or ideological diversity: purple politics; ideologically purple areas of the country.
verb (used with or without object), pur·pled, pur·pling.
to make or become purple.
Origin of purple
OTHER WORDS FROM purplepur·ple·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for red-spotted purple
/ (ˈpɜːpəl) /
any of various colours with a hue lying between red and blue and often highly saturated; a nonspectral colour
a dye or pigment producing such a colour
cloth of this colour, often used to symbolize royalty or nobility
the purple high rank; nobility
- the official robe of a cardinal
- the rank, office, or authority of a cardinal as signified by this
the purple bishops collectively
of the colour purple
(of writing) excessively elaborate or full of imagerypurple prose
noble or royal
Derived forms of purplepurpleness, 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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