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purple emperor

  

      n   any of several Old World nymphalid butterflies of the genus Apatura, esp. A. iris, having mottled purple-and-brown wings  
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purple  
      n  
1    any of various colours with a hue lying between red and blue and often highly saturated; a nonspectral colour  
2    a dye or pigment producing such a colour  
3    cloth of this colour, often used to symbolize royalty or nobility  
4    usually preceded by: the   high rank; nobility  
5   
a    the official robe of a cardinal  
b    the rank, office, or authority of a cardinal as signified by this  
6    the purple   bishops collectively  
      adj  
7    of the colour purple  
8    (of writing) excessively elaborate or full of imagery  
purple prose     
9    noble or royal  
     (Old English, from Latin purpura purple dye, from Greek porphura the purple fish (Murex))  
  purpleness      n  
  purplish      adj  
  purply      adj  


early purple orchid  
      n   a Eurasian orchid, Orchis mascula, with purplish-crimson flowers and stems marked with blackish-purple spots  
purple emperor  
      n   any of several Old World nymphalid butterflies of the genus Apatura, esp. A. iris, having mottled purple-and-brown wings  
purple-fringed orchid   , orchis  
      n   either of two North American orchids, Habenaria psychodes or H. fimbriata, having purple fringed flowers  
purple gallinule  
      n   a long-toed purple aquatic bird, Porphyrio porphyrio (or Porphyrula martinica), of the southern U.S. and Europe, with red legs and red bill: family Rallidae (rails, etc.)  
purple heart  
      n  
1    any of several tropical American leguminous trees of the genus Peltogyne  
2    the decorative purple heartwood of any of these trees  
3    Informal     (chiefly Brit)   a heart-shaped purple tablet consisting mainly of amphetamine  
Purple Heart  
      n   a decoration awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for a wound incurred in action  
purple medic  
      n      another name for       alfalfa  
purple patch  
      n  
1      (Also called)    purple passage   a section in a piece of writing characterized by rich, fanciful, or ornate language  
2    Slang   a period of success, good fortune, etc.  
royal purple  
      n  
a    a deep reddish-purple colour, sometimes approaching a strong violet  
b    (as adj.)  
a royal-purple dress     
Tyrian purple  
      n  
1    a deep purple dye obtained from molluscs of the genus Murex and highly prized in antiquity  
2   
a    a vivid purplish-red colour  
b    (as adj.)  
a Tyrian-purple robe        (Sometimes shortened to)    Tyrian  
visual purple  
      n      another name for       rhodopsin  

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n.
purple dye sprayed by a police water cannon to mark the demonstrators for arrest. The purple substance was dubbed 'purple rain' by the press after an anti-apartheid protest held in Cape Town on September 2, 1989.
n.
title given to the Emperor of Ethiopia
n.
HR jargon term used to refer to an ideal applicant for a job; an applicant that meets all the requirements of a job description
[HR]; [Jargon] The term was adopted by the HR community based on the presumption that finding an ideal candidate for a job is as likely to happen as finding a purple squirrel
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