18 Facts About Purple


Purple is any of a variety of colors with hue between red and blue.

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Purple has long been associated with royalty, originally because Tyrian purple dye, made from the mucus secretion of a species of snail, was extremely expensive in antiquity.

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Purple was the color worn by Roman magistrates; it became the imperial color worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic bishops.

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Purple first appeared in prehistoric art during the Neolithic era.

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Purple became a fashionable color in the state of Qi because its ruler developed a preference for it.

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Purple was regarded as a secondary color in ancient China.

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Empresses gave birth in the Purple Chamber, and the emperors born there were known as "born to the purple, " to separate them from emperors who won or seized the title through political intrigue or military force.

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Purple's experiments produced instead the first synthetic aniline dye, a purple shade called mauveine, shortened simply to mauve.

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Purple was popular with the pre-Raphaelite painters in Britain, including Arthur Hughes, who loved bright colors and romantic scenes.

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Purple Rain Protest was a protest against apartheid that took place in Cape Town, South Africa on 2 September 1989, in which a police water cannon with purple dye sprayed thousands of demonstrators.

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Purple frog is a species of amphibian found in India.

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Purple is often worn by senior pastors of Protestant churches and bishops of the Anglican Communion.

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Purple is the color most often associated with the artificial and the unconventional.

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Purple was the color of the aristocracy in Japan and China.

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Purple is the color of the Engineering Corp in the British Military.

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Purple is sometimes associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

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Purple is closely associated with bisexuality, largely in part to the bisexual pride flag which combines pink – representing homosexuality – and blue – representing heterosexuality – to create the bisexual purple.

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Purple trademarked the color purple for chocolates with registrations in 1995 and 2004.

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