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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek πορφύρα (porphúra), lacking any Indo-European cognates, likely loaned from a Mediterranean substrate source (probably Semitic).

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πορφύρα (porfýraf (plural πορφύρες)

  1. murex (the mollusc)
  2. Tyrian purple, royal purple (the dye, and its colour, obtained from the mollusc)

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  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN