1. of or pertaining to ancient Tyre or its people.
2. of the color of Tyrian purple.
1505–15; < Latin Tyri ( us ) (< Greek Týrios, derivative of Týros Tyre) + -an
1. Also called Tyrian dye . a highly prized crimson or purple dye of classical antiquity, originally obtained at great expense from a certain shellfish: later shown to be an indigo derivative and synthetically produced, and now replaced by other synthetic dyes.
2. a vivid, purplish red.
A new mood was on her … no longer icily terrible as in the judgment-hall, no longer rich, and sombre, and splendid, like a Tyrian cloth, as in the dwellings of the dead.
Source: She by H Rider Haggard.