[purple]. One of the colours of an heraldic escutcheon. It is
expressed by vertical lines running down towards the left hand (as you
look at the shield lying before you); “Vert” runs the contrary way.
English heralds vary escutcheons by seven colours; foreign heralds
by nine. (See Heralds.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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