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 for French purple
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  French \French\ (fr[e^]nch), prop. a. [AS. frencisc, LL.
     franciscus, from L. Francus a Frank: cf. OF. franceis,
     franchois, fran[,c]ois, F. fran[,c]ais. See Frank, a., and
     cf. Frankish.]
     Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants.
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     French bean (Bot.), the common kidney bean ({Phaseolus
        vulgaris).
  
     French berry (Bot.), the berry of a species of buckthorn
        ({Rhamnus catharticus), which affords a saffron, green or
        purple pigment.
  
     French casement (Arch.) See French window, under
        Window.
  
     French chalk (Min.), a variety of granular talc; -- used
        for drawing lines on cloth, etc. See under Chalk.
  
     French cowslip (Bot.) The Primula Auricula. See
        Bear's-ear.
  
     French fake (Naut.), a mode of coiling a rope by running it
        backward and forward in parallel bends, so that it may run
        freely.
  
     French honeysuckle (Bot.) a plant of the genus Hedysarum
        ({H. coronarium); -- called also garland honeysuckle.
        
  
     French horn, a metallic wind instrument, consisting of a
        long tube twisted into circular folds and gradually
        expanding from the mouthpiece to the end at which the
        sound issues; -- called in France cor de chasse.
  
     French leave, an informal, hasty, or secret departure;
        esp., the leaving a place without paying one's debts.
  
     French pie [French (here used in sense of "foreign") + pie
        a magpie (in allusion to its black and white color)]
        (Zool.), the European great spotted woodpecker ({Dryobstes
        major); -- called also wood pie.
  
     French polish.
     (a) A preparation for the surface of woodwork, consisting of
         gums dissolved in alcohol, either shellac alone, or
         shellac with other gums added.
     (b) The glossy surface produced by the application of the
         above.
  
     French purple, a dyestuff obtained from lichens and used
        for coloring woolen and silken fabrics, without the aid of
        mordants. --Ure.
  
     French red rouge.
  
     French rice, amelcorn.
  
     French roof (Arch.), a modified form of mansard roof having
        a nearly flat deck for the upper slope.
  
     French tub, a dyer's mixture of protochloride of tin and
        logwood; -- called also plum tub. --Ure.
  
     French window. See under Window.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Purple \Pur"ple\, n.; pl. Purples. [OE. purpre, pourpre, OF.
     purpre, porpre, pourpre, F. pourpre, L. purpura purple fish,
     purple dye, fr. Gr. ? the purple fish, a shell from the
     purple dye was obtained, purple dye; cf. ? dark (said of the
     sea), purple, ? to grow dark (said of the sea), to be
     troubled; perh. akin to L. furere to rage, E. fury: cf. AS.
     purpure. Cf. Porphyry, Purpure.]
     1. A color formed by, or resembling that formed by, a
        combination of the primary colors red and blue.
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              Arraying with reflected purple and gold
              The clouds that on his western throne attend. --
                                                    Milton.
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     Note: The ancient words which are translated purple are
           supposed to have been used for the color we call
           crimson. In the gradations of color as defined in art,
           purple is a mixture of red and blue. When red
           predominates it is called violet, and when blue
           predominates, hyacinth.
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     2. Cloth dyed a purple color, or a garment of such color;
        especially, a purple robe, worn as an emblem of rank or
        authority; specifically, the purple rode or mantle worn by
        Roman emperors as the emblem of imperial dignity; as, to
        put on the imperial purple.
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              Thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of
              fine twined linen, and purple, and scarlet. --Ex.
                                                    xxvi. 1.
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     3. Hence: Imperial sovereignty; royal rank, dignity, or
        favor; loosely and colloquially, any exalted station;
        great wealth. "He was born in the purple." --Gibbon.
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     4. A cardinalate. See Cardinal.
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     5. (Zool.) Any species of large butterflies, usually marked
        with purple or blue, of the genus Basilarchia (formerly
        Limenitis) as, the banded purple ({Basilarchia
        arthemis). See Illust. under Ursula.
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     6. (Zool.) Any shell of the genus Purpura.
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     7. pl.(Med.) See Purpura.
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     8. pl. A disease of wheat. Same as Earcockle.
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     Note: Purple is sometimes used in composition, esp. with
           participles forming words of obvious signification; as,
           purple-colored, purple-hued, purple-stained,
           purple-tinged, purple-tinted, and the like.
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     French purple. (Chem.) Same as Cudbear.
  
     Purple of Cassius. See Cassius.
  
     Purple of mollusca (Zool.), a coloring matter derived from
        certain mollusks, which dyes wool, etc., of a purple or
        crimson color, and is supposed to be the substance of the
        famous Tyrian dye. It is obtained from Ianthina, and from
        several species of Purpura, and Murex.
  
     To be born in the purple, to be of princely birth; to be
        highborn.
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