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Searchable Lemmata: muré (AF), murra (L), murraeus (L), murrei (ME), mwrrai (W), more (Co), murray (OScots), murrey (MdE).
Alternate Forms: moré, morei, morr, morre, morre, morrei, morri, mouré, mourré, murét, murr, murrai, murre, murré, murret, murrét, murri, myrrheu.

    Definitions and Defining Citations:

1a(n.) Dye; colour of mulberry, dark red or purple-red colour; often used in heraldry. Also, a dye of this colour.(ante 1200 - post 1500)
1. Si vous avez robe de escharlate tayllé ... il le fra mourré Poetic. [AND Rel Ant (i 155) ante 1400]
2. And where be my gounes of scarlet, Sanguyn, murreye, & blewes sadde & lighte? Heroic, Poetic. [MED Hoccl.RP ((Hrl 4866) 695) ante 1450]
3. Thanne 3our flote is made fore 3our sangweyns, and also for 3our viollettes, and 3our viollettes saddere thanne 3our morreys [MED Limn.Bks. ((Brog 2.1) 90) ante 1475]
4. Ny a wysk blow ha more Arthurian, Drama. "We shall wear blue and murrey" (spoken by a messenger, who has been awarded the livery of Gaunt by Mordred, in the Cornish Arthurian drama Bewnans Ke; at the time the drama was written, blue and murrey were the Yorkist colours). [LexP BewnKe (Thomas & Williams) (3064) circa 1450/1500]
AF, Co, ME, MdE, OScots.
Sex: N/A    Ceremonial: No
Body Parts: N/A.
1b(n.) Textile; cloth of this colour, mulberry or purple-red cloth. In Italy it could be applied to wool or silk (Monnas, L (forthcoming 2014). The DOwaeger Queen of England had a wool robe coloured murrey in grano in 1342-3 (Monnas). Murrey-coloured material used for a dagger hilt ('murret' in Richard II's Wardrobe Accounts, 1394). L murra, attested 1448, 1457, 1518.(ante 1180 still in current use)
1. Et bels ciclatuns e morez, Diapes (l. Diapres ?), purpres, osterins Biblical/Hagiographic. [AND S Gile (850-1) circa 1160]
2. Lego Esotae, sorori meae ... unum ciphum murreum, parvum, coopertum cum murr Legal, Wills. [MED Will York in Sur.Soc.4 (168) 1392]
3. [235] ... Receyuid of diuerse persones of the Craft for the liuere, of Murrey and plunket containing cclxxiiij yerdis and j quarter ... [237/41] ... Paid For the clothing murre and plunket celstyne Accounts. [MED Grocer Lond. ((Kingdon) 235-237/41) 1434/1436]
4. [lego] Isabelle Plumpton ... meam parvam murram Wills. [DMLBS Wills N. Country (49) 1448]
5. lego Jacobo Pereson ... unam cellam ... et unam murram planam Wills. [DMLBS Wills Richm. (3b) 1457]
6. [160] ... iij 3erdes and a halfe of kremysen hengreyned ... [170] ... For iij yerdes of murrey engreyned, the yerde ix s. Accounts. [MED Acc.Howard in RC 57 (160-170) 1465/1466]
7. to my brother ... a gowne of murrey furred with blak bogye Wills. [DMLBS Wills N. Country (275) 1518]
AF, L, ME, MdE; Primarily Other.
Sex: Male, Female    Use: n/a    Status: n/a    Rank: n/a    Ceremonial: No
Body Parts: N/A.

    Etymological Evidence:

Definite, Old French moré, morey, AF muré, moré, mouré, etc., as an adj. meaning mulberry-coloured and as a noun meaning mulberry-coloured cloth. In some uses from the late 12th century (Old French/AF), denoting mulberry wine. L murra (with various senses, including myrrh, maple wood, etc.) was used to mean 'murrey cloth, mulberry coloured cloth' in British attestations from 1448, 1457 and 1518; while L murreaus (also meaning 'of myrrh, etc., cf. murraeus) was used as an adj. meaning 'of murrey cloth or of mulberry colour' in a British attestation from 1362 [DMLBS VI, p. 1886]. OED3 adds: 'prob. < post-classical Latin moratus (adjective) relating to the mulberry (6th cent.; also moretus, muretus) < classical Latin morum mulberry' (s.v. 'murrey, n.1 and adj.', 3rd ed., March 2003; online version March 2012. <http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/123961>; 01 April 2012).
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