a plant, Salvia leucophylla, of the mint family, native to California, having silvery leaves and purple spikes of flowers.
noun 1. a sandpiper, Calidris maritima, of arctic regions of the New and Old World, having in winter a slate-gray back with purplish reflections.
noun 1. See under . noun 1. any of numerous crabs that live along the shoreline between the tidemarks, as Hemigrapsus nudus (purple shore crab) of the Pacific coast of North America.
noun 1. (def 1).
- Purple wire
jargon, hardware Wire installed by IBM Field Engineers to work around problems discovered during testing or debugging. These are called “purple wires” even when (as is frequently the case) they are yellow. Compare blue wire, yellow wire, and red wire. (1995-04-11)