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 Purpure [purple].Purura’vas and Urva’si. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Pursy, Pursiness.
Broken-winded, or in a bloated state in which the wind is short and difficult. (French, poussi-f, same meaning.)   1
   A fat and pursy man. Shakespeare has “pursy Insolence,” the insolence of Jesurun, “who waxed fat and kicked.” In Hamlet we have “the fatness of these pursy times”—i.e. wanton or self-indulgent times.   2

 Purpure [purple].Purura’vas and Urva’si. 


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