- Also called Tyrian dye. a highly prized crimson or purple dye of classical antiquity, originally obtained at great expense from a certain shellfish: later shown to be an indigo derivative and synthetically produced, and now replaced by other synthetic dyes.
- a vivid, purplish red.
Origin of Tyrian purple
First recorded in 1575–85
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- a deep purple dye obtained from molluscs of the genus Murex and highly prized in antiquity
- a vivid purplish-red colour
- (as adjective)a Tyrian-purple robe Sometimes shortened to: Tyrian