long purples

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long purples (plural only) (uncountable)

  1. Possibly the plant purple loosestrife.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet
      There with fantastic garlands did she come / Of crowflowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples, / That liberal shepherds give a grosser name, / But our cold maids do dead men's fingers call them.