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a color about midway between blue and red in the spectrum; purplish.
Historical Examples

The Harvard Classics, Volume 49, Epic and Saga Various
Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930 Various
The Seats Of The Mighty, Complete Gilbert Parker


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