(Zoöl.), the European purple gallinule. See under Gallinule.Purple copper ore. (Min.) See Bornite.Purple grackle(Zoöl.), the crow blackbird. See under Crow.Purple martin. See under Martin.Purple sandpiper. See under Sandpiper.Purple shell. See Ianthina.

(Pur"ple) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purpled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Purpling.] To make purple; to dye of purple or deep red color; as, hands purpled with blood.

When morn
Purples the east.

Reclining soft in blissful bowers,
Purpled sweet with springing flowers.

(Pur"ple*heart`) n. (Bot.) A strong, durable, and elastic wood of a purplish color, obtained from several tropical American leguminous trees of the genus Copaifera (Copaifera pubiflora, Copaifera bracteata, and Copaifera officinalis). Used for decorative veneering. See Copaiba.

(Pur"ple*wood`) n. Same as Purpleheart.

(Pur"plish) a. Somewhat purple. Boyle.

(Pur"port) n. [OF. purport; pur, pour, for (L. pro) + porter to bear, carry. See Port demeanor.]

1. Design or tendency; meaning; import; tenor.

The whole scope and purport of that dialogue. Norris.
With a look so piteous in purport
As if he had been loosed out of hell.

2. Disguise; covering. [Obs.]

For she her sex under that strange purport
Did use to hide.

(Pur"port), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purported; p. pr. & vb. n. Purporting.] [OF. purporter, pourporter. See Purport, n.] To intend to show; to intend; to mean; to signify; to import; — often with an object clause or infinitive.

They in most grave and solemn wise unfolded
Matter which little purported.

(Pur"port*less), a. Without purport or meaning.

(Pur"pose) n. [OF. purpos, pourpos, propos, L. propositum. See Propound.]

1. That which a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished; the end or aim to which the view is directed in any plan, measure, or exertion; view; aim; design; intention; plan.

He will his firste purpos modify.

As my eternal purpose hath decreed.

The flighty purpose never is o'ertook
Unless the deed go with it.

2. Proposal to another; discourse. [Obs.] Spenser.

3. Instance; example. [Obs.] L'Estrange.

In purpose, Of purpose, On purpose, with previous design; with the mind directed to that object; intentionally. On purpose is the form now generally used.

Syn. — design; end; intention; aim. See Design.

Purple bird

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