One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a purple colour or tinge, purplish; †(Heraldry) = "purpure" (obsolete).
Middle English; earliest use found in Arms. From Anglo-Norman purprin, purperin and Old French, Middle French purprin (French (now rare) pourprin; also Old French purpurayn, Middle French, French purpurin) of a purple colour, purplish, also in heraldic use from purper, purpre + -in.
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