porphura: purple fish, purple dye, purple clothOriginal Word: πορφύρα, ας, ἡPart of Speech:
a purple garmentDefinition:
a purple garment, indicating power or wealth.
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 ConcordanceWord Origin
probably from a redupl. derivation of phuró (to mix dry with wet)Definition
purple fish, purple dye, purple clothNASB Translation
purple (3), purple robe (1).
Thayer'sSTRONGS NT 4209: πορφύραπορφύρα
, the Sept.
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.; .<1>
Of Latin origin; the "purple" mussel, i.e. (by implication) the red-blue color itself, and finally a garment dyed with it -- purple.