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Meaning of Purple Heart

Pur'ple Heart'

Pronunciation: [key]
— U.S. U.S.Armed Forces.
  1. a medal awarded for wounds received in action against an enemy or as a direct result of an act of the enemy.

pur•ple•heart

Pronunciation: (pûr'pul-härt"), [key]
— n.
  1. the hard, purplish wood of any of several South American trees belonging to the genus Peltogyne, of the legume family, used for making furniture.
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