white admiral


See under purple(def 7).

Definition for white admiral (2 of 2)


[ 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 forms

pur·ple·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for white admiral (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpɜːpəl) /



Derived Forms

purpleness, nounpurplish, adjectivepurply, adjective

Word Origin for purple

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

British Dictionary definitions for white admiral (2 of 2)

white admiral


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