- a natural purple dye originally extracted from the glands of snails (family Muricidae) by the ancient Phoenicians of Tyre: widely used in the ancient and classical world in the dyeing of cloth
- bluish red
Tyrian purpleTyr·i·an purple
Origin of Tyrian purpleAfter Tyre
(plural Tyrian purples)
- Of a deep purple colour, tinted with red, like that of the dye.