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purple rain n.
purple dye sprayed by a police water cannon to mark the demonstrators for arrest. The purple substance was dubbed 'purple rain' by the press after an anti-apartheid protest held in Cape Town on September 2, 1989.

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rain very heavily
Idiomatic expression. "The weather was really bad yesterday. It was raining cats and dogs all day."
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
distinctive scent that accompanies the rain and rises up from the ground especially after a period of warm and dry weather
Ex.: And we could smell the scent of wheat and petrichor rising up in the air as a silent clamour.
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1    any of various colours with a hue lying between red and blue and often highly saturated; a nonspectral colour  
2    a dye or pigment producing such a colour  
3    cloth of this colour, often used to symbolize royalty or nobility  
4    usually preceded by: the   high rank; nobility  
a    the official robe of a cardinal  
b    the rank, office, or authority of a cardinal as signified by this  
6    the purple   bishops collectively  
7    of the colour purple  
8    (of writing) excessively elaborate or full of imagery  
purple prose     
9    noble or royal  
     (Old English, from Latin purpura purple dye, from Greek porphura the purple fish (Murex))  
  purpleness      n  
  purplish      adj  
  purply      adj  

early purple orchid  
      n   a Eurasian orchid, Orchis mascula, with purplish-crimson flowers and stems marked with blackish-purple spots  
purple emperor  
      n   any of several Old World nymphalid butterflies of the genus Apatura, esp. A. iris, having mottled purple-and-brown wings  
purple-fringed orchid   , orchis  
      n   either of two North American orchids, Habenaria psychodes or H. fimbriata, having purple fringed flowers  
purple gallinule  
      n   a long-toed purple aquatic bird, Porphyrio porphyrio (or Porphyrula martinica), of the southern U.S. and Europe, with red legs and red bill: family Rallidae (rails, etc.)  
purple heart  
1    any of several tropical American leguminous trees of the genus Peltogyne  
2    the decorative purple heartwood of any of these trees  
3    Informal     (chiefly Brit)   a heart-shaped purple tablet consisting mainly of amphetamine  
Purple Heart  
      n   a decoration awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for a wound incurred in action  
purple medic  
      n      another name for       alfalfa  
purple patch  
1      (Also called)    purple passage   a section in a piece of writing characterized by rich, fanciful, or ornate language  
2    Slang   a period of success, good fortune, etc.  
royal purple  
a    a deep reddish-purple colour, sometimes approaching a strong violet  
b    (as adj.)  
a royal-purple dress     
Tyrian purple  
1    a deep purple dye obtained from molluscs of the genus Murex and highly prized in antiquity  
a    a vivid purplish-red colour  
b    (as adj.)  
a Tyrian-purple robe        (Sometimes shortened to)    Tyrian  
visual purple  
      n      another name for       rhodopsin  
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