One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a series of salts, typically purple or red, of an anion (C₈H₄N₅O₆)−, which contains two heteroaromatic rings.
Of language or rhetoric: rich; elaborate, ornate. Compare "purple". Now rare.
Early 19th century. From purpur- + -ate<br>late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin purpurātus dressed in purple, in post-classical Latin also born in the purple, illustrious, blood-stained, designating or relating to the disease purpura from purpura purple dye, purple garment + -ātus. Compare Spanish purpurado, Portuguese purpurado, Italian porporato.
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