One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Purple, as a heraldic tincture.
- ‘The actual arms of Baden red on gold were thus replaced by gold on purpure.’
- ‘Many authorities reject the authenticity of purpure as a tincture.’
Old English (in the sense ‘purple garment’), from Latin purpura (see purpura), reinforced by Old French purpre and influenced by words ending in -ure.
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