white admiral


See under purple(def 7).

Nearby words

  1. whitbread,
  2. whitby,
  3. whitby, synod of,
  4. whitchurch-stouffville,
  5. white,
  6. white alder,
  7. white alert,
  8. white alkali,
  9. white ant,
  10. white area


[ pur-puh l ]
/ ˈpɜr pəl /


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 white admiral


/ (ˈpɜːpəl) /



Derived Formspurpleness, nounpurplish, adjectivepurply, adjective

Word Origin for purple

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


a nymphalid butterfly, Limenitis camilla, of Eurasia, having brown wings with white markingsSee also red admiral
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