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A reddish-purple dye obtained from certain Mediterranean mollusks of the family Muricidae that was highly prized in antiquity.
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1. (Dyeing) a deep purple dye obtained from molluscs of the genus Murex and highly prized in antiquity
a. a vivid purplish-red colour
b. (as adjective): a Tyrian-purple robe. Sometimes shortened to: Tyrian
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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.
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|Noun||1.||Tyrian purple - a red-purple to deep purple dye obtained from snails or made synthetically|
|2.||Tyrian purple - a vivid purplish-red color|
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