The modern English word purple comes from the Old English 'purpul', which derives from Latin 'purpura', which, in turn, derives from the Greek 'πορφύρα'(porphura),the name of the Tyrian purple dye manufactured in classical antiquity from a mucus secreted by the spiny dye-murex snail. The first recorded use of the word 'purple' dates to the late 900s AD.

Purple is a mixture of blue and red and, thus, sits between the two in the color wheel. Its hex code is #A020F0. Purple has many variations, such as violet and amethyst, depending on the proportions of the two primary colors.

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