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porphyrogenite

(ˌpɔːfəˈrɒdʒɪˌnaɪt)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (sometimes capital) a prince born after his father has succeeded to the throne
[C17: via Medieval Latin from Late Greek porphurogenētos born in the purple, from Greek porphuros purple]
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Geographical or administrative names cause particular difficulties, e.g., the "Doors of Cilicia" instead of "Gates"; "Iranic" instead of "Iranian"; and the curious noun "Porphyrogenite." Above all, the press has translated even the work's title incorrectly into English: Anno Domini dates, of course, follow the letters AD rather than vice versa.
As a member of this royal Byzantine family, Anna was known as a porphyrogenite, one who was "born to the purple." This color was reserved for members of particular royal families as well as for the church's ecclesiastical robes and insignia.