Tyrian purple

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Tyr·i·an purple

A reddish-purple dye obtained from certain Mediterranean mollusks of the family Muricidae that was highly prized in antiquity.

[After Tyre.]

Tyrian purple

1. (Dyeing) a deep purple dye obtained from molluscs of the genus Murex and highly prized in antiquity
2. (Colours)
a. a vivid purplish-red colour
b. (as adjective): a Tyrian-purple robe. Sometimes shortened to: Tyrian

Tyr′ian pur′ple

1. Also called Tyr′ian dye′. a highly prized purple dye of antiquity, an indigo derivative orig. obtained from a certain shellfish and later synthetically produced.
2. a vivid, purplish red.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tyrian purple - a red-purple to deep purple dye obtained from snails or made syntheticallyTyrian purple - a red-purple to deep purple dye obtained from snails or made synthetically
dye, dyestuff - a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair
2.Tyrian purple - a vivid purplish-red colorTyrian purple - a vivid purplish-red color    
reddish purple, royal purple - a shade of purple tinged with red
References in periodicals archive ?
Tyrian purple: 6,6'-dibromoindigo and related compounds.
KEY WORDS: Dicathais orbita, muricid, hypobranchial gland, 6,6'-dibromoindigo, microbial symbionts, biosynthesis, marine natural products
brandaris snails Friedlander (1909) obtained 1.4 g of the pure pigment and by elemental analysis he showed that the pigment contained bromine and that it was 6,6'-dibromoindigo. Syntheses confirmed his conclusion.