red-spotted purple

[ red-spot-id ]
/ ˈrɛdˌspɒt ɪd /

noun

See under purple(def 7).

Nearby words

  1. red-light district,
  2. red-osier dogwood,
  3. red-pencil,
  4. red-short,
  5. red-shouldered hawk,
  6. red-streak,
  7. red-tag,
  8. red-tailed hawk,
  9. red-top,
  10. red-wat

Origin of red-spotted purple

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75

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

Related formspur·ple·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for red-spotted purple

purple

/ (ˈpɜːpəl) /

noun

adjective

Derived Formspurpleness, 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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