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[pur-puh l-hahrt] /ˈpɜr pəlˌhɑrt/

the hard, purplish wood of any of several South American trees belonging to the genus Peltogyne, of the legume family, used for making furniture.
noun, U.S. Armed Forces.
a medal awarded for wounds received in action against an enemy or as a direct result of an act of the enemy.
any of several tropical American leguminous trees of the genus Peltogyne
the decorative purple heartwood of any of these trees
(informal, mainly Brit) a heart-shaped purple tablet consisting mainly of amphetamine
a decoration awarded to members of the US Armed Forces for a wound incurred in action

noun phrase

Any barbiturate, or a mixture of a barbiturate and morphine; goofball, nimby

[1960s+ Narcotics; fr the US decoration awarded for a combat wound]


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