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Purple / Violet

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紫 is the single-character Chinese, Japanese and old Korean title for the color violet / purple.

The difference between violet and purple is not really distinguished in Asian languages. However, sometimes a character for "light" is added to the front of this one, which might be closer to the meaning of violet.

Purple / Violet

(2 character version)
zǐ sè
Purple / Violet Scroll

紫色 is the two-character Chinese, Japanese and old Korean title for the color violet / purple.

The second character basically means "color", so this literally means "violet color".

It's more common to add the "color character" in Asian languages than it is to say "color" after the name of the color in English. Therefore, this is a very natural way to express "violet" in Asian languages.

Violet Color

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紺 is a slightly-rare Chinese and old Korean title for the color violet or purple.

In Japanese, this refers to a very deep blue color.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
murasakizǐ / zi3 / zitzu
zǐ sè / zi3 se4 / zi se / zisetzu se / tzuse
Violet Color
kongàn / gan4 / gankan
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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Simple Dictionary Definition

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/ zi3
 murasaki / むらさき
Violet Color Scroll
purple; violet
(1) purple; violet; (2) (kana only) Lithospermum erythrorhizon (species of gromwell); (3) (See 醤油) type of soy sauce; (female given name) Yukari
Purple, dark red; violet

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gàn / gan4
 kon / こん
Violet Color Scroll
violet or purple
(noun - becomes adjective with の) navy blue; deep blue; (surname) Konsaki
A violet or purplish colour, a blend of blue and red; also called紺靑 and紺璢璃, the colour of the roots紺髮 or 紺頂 of the Buddha's hair.


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zǐ sè / zi3 se4
tzu se
 murasakiiro(p);shishoku / murasakiro(p);shishoku / むらさきいろ(P);ししょく
Violet Color Scroll
purple; violet (color)
(noun - becomes adjective with の) purple; violet; (female given name) Shiiro

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liàn / lian4
 sendan / せんだん    ouchi / ochi / おうち
Melia japonica
(1) (kana only) chinaberry; Japanese bead tree (Melia azedarach); (2) Indian sandalwood (Santalum album); (1) (archaism) chinaberry; Japanese bead tree (Melia azedarach); (2) light purple outside, green inside; purple outside, light purple inside; type of garment layering color scheme, worn in April and May

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chū / chu1
ch`u / chu
 buna / ぶな
(1) (archaism) chinaberry; Japanese bead tree (Melia azedarach); (2) light purple outside, green inside; purple outside, light purple inside; type of garment layering color scheme, worn in April and May; (surname) Buna

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tán / tan2
t`an / tan
 dan / まゆみ
sandalwood; hardwood; purple-red
(surname, female given name) Mayumi
A hard wood, translit. da, dan. dāna, a giver; donation, charity, almsgiving, bestowing; sandalwood

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jiàng / jiang4

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zōu / zou1
purple silk

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fēi / fei1
 hi / ひ
dark red; purple silk
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) scarlet; red; (2) blood; (out-dated kanji) (1) red; crimson; scarlet; (2) red-containing colour (e.g. brown, pink, orange); (3) (colloquialism) Red (i.e. communist); (4) (abbreviation) red light; (5) (abbreviation) red ink (i.e. in finance or proof-reading); (in) the red; (adj-no,n-pref) (6) complete; total; perfect; obvious; (personal name) Hi


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 ube / ウベ (See 大薯) water yam (Dioscorea alata) (fil: ube); winged yam; purple yam; (personal name) Uwe


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 futaai / futai / ふたあい deep purple; reddish indigo


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wǔ sè / wu3 se4
wu se
 goshiki;goshoku / ごしき;ごしょく
multi-colored; the rainbow; garish
(1) five colors (usu. red, blue, yellow, white and black); five colours; (can be adjective with の) (2) many kinds; varied; (3) (See 瓜) melon; gourd; (place-name, surname) Goshiki
The five primary colors, also called 五正色 (or 五大色): 靑 blue, 黃 yellow, 赤 red, 白 white, 黑 black. The 五間色 or compound colors are 緋 crimson, 紅, scarlet, 紫 purple, 綠 green, 磂黃 brown. The two sets correspond to the cardinal points as follows: east, blue and green; west, white, and crimson; south, red and scarlet; north, black and purple; and center, yellow and brown. The five are permutated in various ways to represent various ideas; five colors


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 kyoumurasaki / kyomurasaki / きょうむらさき (noun - becomes adjective with の) (See 江戸紫) somewhat reddish purple; (given name) Kyoushi


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 uchimurasaki / うちむらさき (1) purple Washington clam (Saxidomus purpurata); (2) type of pomelo with red-purple flesh


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 shinsho;shinsho / しんしょ;シンショ (kana only) (obscure) (See 大薯) water yam (Dioscorea alata); winged yam; purple yam



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shēn shǔ / shen1 shu3
shen shu
Dioscorea alata (Kinampay or aromatic purple yam, a sweet root crop)
See: 参薯


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 oomurasaki;oomurasaki / おおむらさき;オオムラサキ (1) giant purple butterfly (species of nymphalid butterfly, Sasakia charonda); (2) Rhododendron oomurasaki (species of purple azalea); (surname) Oomurasaki


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 daijo;daijo / だいじょ;ダイジョ (kana only) water yam (Dioscorea alata); winged yam; purple yam


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jù fēng / ju4 feng1
chü feng
 kyohou / kyoho / きょほう
Kyoho (grape type)
(1) gigantic peak; (2) kyoho grape; large purple-black slip-skin grape variety, like Concord grapes; (given name) Kohou


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 asamurasaki / あさむらさき light purple


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 fukamurasaki / ふかむらさき (noun - becomes adjective with の) deep purple


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 mizohagi / みぞはぎ    misohagi / みそはぎ (kana only) Lythrum anceps (species of loosestrife closely related to purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria)


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 komurasaki / こむらさき dark purple


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 densho;densho / でんしょ;デンショ (kana only) (obscure) (See 大薯) water yam (Dioscorea alata); winged yam; purple yam


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 mizohagi / みぞはぎ    misohagi / みそはぎ (kana only) Lythrum anceps (species of loosestrife closely related to purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria)


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 koushi;benimurasaki / koshi;benimurasaki / こうし;べにむらさき crimson and purple; red-purple; magenta; (female given name) Koushi


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 beniimo;beniimo / benimo;benimo / べにいも;ベニイモ (1) (See 大薯) purple yam; water yam (Dioscorea alata); winged yam; (2) (See 紫芋) purple fleshed sweet potato (any one of several different such); (3) (kana only) (See 芋貝) Conus pauperculus (species of cone shell)


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 shibi / しび (abbreviation) (See 紫微垣) Purple Forbidden Enclosure (group of constellations in the northern sky associated with the emperor)


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zǐ bān / zi3 ban1
tzu pan
 shihan / しはん
purple spot


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zǐ jīng / zi3 jing1
tzu ching
amethyst (purple crystalline silicon dioxide)

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