A reddish-purple dye obtained from certain Mediterranean mollusks of the family Muricidae that was highly prized in antiquity.
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.
Of a deep purple colour, tinted with red, like that of the dye.
Origin of tyrian-purple
- After Tyre
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition