Definition of purpurate in English:

purpurate

noun

Chemistry
  • Any of a series of salts, typically purple or red, of an anion (C₈H₄N₅O₆)−, which contains two heteroaromatic rings.

adjective

  • Of language or rhetoric: rich; elaborate, ornate. Compare "purple". Now rare.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

purpurate

/ˈpəːpjʊreɪt/