Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Purpure [purple].

 Purple (Promotion to the).Pursy, Pursiness. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Purpure [purple].
One of the colours of an heraldic escutcheon. It is expressed by vertical lines running down towards the left hand (as you look at the shield lying before you); “Vert” runs the contrary way.   1
        English heralds vary escutcheons by seven colours; foreign heralds by nine. (See HERALDS.)

 Purple (Promotion to the).Pursy, Pursiness. 


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