Chameleon vs Purple - What's the difference?

chameleon | purple |

As a noun chameleon

is chameleon.

As a proper noun purple is



Alternative forms

* chamaeleon *


(en noun)
  • A small to mid-size reptile, of the family Chamaeleonidae , and one of the best known lizard families able to change color and project its long tongue.
  • A person with inconstant behavior; one able to quickly adjust to new circumstances.
  • * 2014 , Michael White, " Roll up, roll up! The Amazing Salmond will show a Scotland you won't believe", The Guardian , 8 September 2014:
  • He is a political chameleon , as charming to business leaders he met privately in Aberdeen on Friday night as he has been inspiring to distressed and desperate Labour defectors in Glasgow and beyond.
  • (physics) A hypothetical scalar particle with a non-linear self-interaction, giving it an effective mass that depends on its environment: the presence of other fields.
  • Adjective

  • Describing something that changes color.
  • The wall was covered with a chameleon paint.


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    (wikipedia purple)


    (en noun)
  • A colour/color that is a dark blend of red and blue; dark magenta.
  • * Milton
  • Arraying with reflected purple and gold / The clouds that on his western throne attend.
  • Cloth, or a garment, dyed a purple colour; especially, a purple robe, worn as an emblem of rank or authority; specifically, the purple robe or mantle worn by Ancient Roman emperors as the emblem of imperial dignity.
  • to put on the imperial purple
  • * Bible, Exodus xxvi. 1
  • Thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and purple , and scarlet.
  • (by extension) Imperial power, (because the colour purple was worn by emperors and kings).
  • * Gibbon
  • He was born in the purple .
  • * 1946 , (Bertrand Russell), History of Western Philosophy , I.29:
  • The immediate successors of Augustus indulged in appalling cruelties towards senators and towards possible competitors for the purple .
  • Any of various species of mollusks from which Tyrian purple dye was obtained, especially the common dog whelk.
  • The purple haze cultivar of cannabis in the kush family, either pure or mixed with others, or by extension any variety of smoked marijuana.
  • * 2005 , Tipi Paul, Wanna Smoke?: The Adventures of a Storyteller , page 14
  • "Sure, some purple Owlsley."
  • * 2010 , Mark Arax, West of the West , page 221
  • Purple' smoke is no joke. Especially when it is real '''purple'''. The smell, taste, and high is easily one of the best in the world. One bowl of some ' purple Kush, and I'm done for a couple of hours.
  • * 2011 , Danielle Santiago, Allure of the Game , page 148
  • She preferred to smoke some good purple , but getting high wasn't an option.
  • (medicine) purpura
  • earcockle, a disease of wheat.
  • Any of the species of large butterflies, usually marked with purple or blue, of the genus Basilarchia'' (formerly ''Limenitis ).
  • the banded purple
  • A cardinalate.
  • Adjective

  • Having a colour/color that is a dark blend of red and blue.
  • *
  • *:So this was my future home, I thought!Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  • Not predominantly red or blue, but having a mixture of Democrat and Republican support, as in purple state'', ''purple city .
  • *2010 , Hal K. Rothman, The Making of Modern Nevada , University of Nevada Press, ISBN 978-0-87417-826-5, page 162:
  • *:In the end, Nevada remained the quintessential purple' state. On the maps that television used to illustrate political trends, Republican states were red and Democratic blue. Nevada blended the colors. It had a bright blue core in the heart of Las Vegas, surrounded by a ' purple suburban belt. Most of the rest of the state was bright red, especially in the rural counties.
  • (label) Mixed between social democrats and liberals.
  • Imperial; regal.
  • *(Percy Bysshe Shelley) (1792–1882)
  • *:Hide in the dust thy purple pride.
  • Blood-red; bloody.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:May such purple tears be alway shed.
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:I view a field of blood, / And Tiber rolling with a purple blood.
  • Extravagantly ornate, like purple prose.
  • Antonyms

    * (having purple as its colour) nonpurple


  • To turn purple in colour.
  • * 1999 , David Edelstein, (In Nomine): Corporeal Player's Guide , Steve Jackson Games, ISBN 1-55634-389-2, page 8:
  • The gang leader purpled and raised his gun.

    Derived terms

    * bepurple * born in the purple * purpureal * French purple * purple bird * purple copper ore * purple finch * purple gallinule * purple grackle * Purple Heart * purple loosestrife * purple martin * purple of Cassius * purple of mollusca * purple passage * purple patch * purple prose * purple sandpiper * purple shell * purple state * purpleheart * royal purple * Tyrian purple * visual purple

    See also

    * purpure * rhodopsin * secondary color * English reduplications