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Purple, purple and more purple

The meaning of the color Purple?
Purple is any of a group of colors with a hue between that of violet and red.
Okay, purple is the combination of hot red and cool blue. Purple can appear both warm and cool. This is an intriguing colour. It is associated with nobility and spirituality.
Violet is the hue of the short-wave end of the visible spectrum, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 380 to 420 nanometers; any of a group of colors, reddish-blue in hue, that may vary in lightness and saturation.
Indigo is the hue of that portion of the visible spectrum lying between blue and violet, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 420 to 450 nanometers; a dark blue to grayish purple blue.
To sum it up, Purple is...
In plain english, purple is basically reddish blue color (leaning more red) and violet is blueish red color (leaning more blue).
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adj. Of or pertaining to the color purple.David V. of Purple Note Records contacted Merriam-Webster about why this word does not appear in their online collegiate dictionary. Here was their response:“Porphyrous” is not entered in the abridged Collegiate dictionary (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition), which is used on our Web site. It is, however, entered in our unabridged dictionary (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged) and defined simply with a cross-reference to “purple.” The space limitations of the abridged format, combined with the continued growth of the lexicon, force the editorial staff to exclude words that are rarely used. Our editors extensively research a wide variety of published literature looking for examples of new words or new senses for existing words. These usage citations become the basis for dictionary entry. More about this process is described on our Web site at

"Porphyrous” has very few recent citations in our database, which is the reason for its exclusion from the Collegiate. I did a search of the Nexis database, an enormous collection of recent newspaper and journal articles, and could not find a single example for the usage of this word (indicating that it is almost never used).Well, then! Let’s get PORPHYROUS back into the vernacular!

Purple dye
Because purple dye was so difficult to obtain and expensive to produce, purple became the royal color in many parts of the world and is traditionally associated with royalty, power, and wealth.

The name of the ancient city Phoenicia, or Canaan, means “Land of the Purple” and was the hub of the ancient purple dye industry. The Minoans, a recently-discovered ancient civilization on the now Greek island of Crete, are believed to be the first to produce purple dye.

If you’re born “in the purple” you are born of high or noble birth.

Purple Gang
Samuel “Sammie Purple” Cohen formed Detroit’s “Purple Gang,” a local gang of Jewish thugs and bootleggers in the 20’s and 30’s. This may be the only time we ever write the phrase “Jewish thugs” and mean it.

Purple Day
Hastings Elementary School in Westborough, MA has an annual “Purple Day.” The children ask everyone to wear purple to show that individuals can change behavior as a model for how to make environmental, earth-protecting changes.

Epilepsy - Purple Day
An annual Purple Day is held to raise awareness and educate people about the real facts epilepsy. Everyone is asked to wear purple on that day. When you’re done shopping for purple, you might like to visit their Purple Day site

Forbidden City
China’s famous “Forbidden City” in modern Beijing is technically called “The Purple Forbidden City,” a reference to a secret purple area in heaven thought to be centered near the north star.

Purple People Bridge
A purple pedestrian bridge joining Ohio and Kentucky can be rented out for weddings, parties, and more. Called the “Purple People Bridge,” the former railroad bridge spans 2,670 feet across the Ohio River near Cincinnati.

Purple Phantom?
Yep we have The Phantom in purple.