4209. porphura
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porphura: purple fish, purple dye, purple cloth
Original Word: πορφύρα, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: porphura
Phonetic Spelling: (por-foo'-rah)
Short Definition: a purple garment
Definition: a purple garment, indicating power or wealth.

HELPS word-Studies

4209 porphýra – purple, symbolic of "royal status" (L & N, 1, 79.38). There were three familiar shades of purple in the ancient world: deep violet, deep scarlet (or crimson), and deep blue (WP, 2, 220).

Prov 31:22 associates purple with "godly (ideal) femininity," i.e. "righteous femaleness."

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
probably from a redupl. derivation of phuró (to mix dry with wet)
purple fish, purple dye, purple cloth
NASB Translation
purple (3), purple robe (1).

STRONGS NT 4209: πορφύρα

πορφύρα, πορφύρας, , the Sept. for אַרְגָמָן;

1. the purple-fish, a species of shell-fish or mussel: (Aeschylus, Sophocles), Isocrates, Aristotle, others; add 1 Macc. 4:23, on which see Grimm; (cf. B. D., under the word 1).

2. a fabric colored with the purple dye, a garment made from purple cloth (so from Aeschylus down): Mark 15:17, 20; Luke 16:19; Revelation 17:4 Rec.; .


Of Latin origin; the "purple" mussel, i.e. (by implication) the red-blue color itself, and finally a garment dyed with it -- purple.

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