1) Purple-red, the colour of the mulberry. It gave its name to a kind of cloth, and the distinction in meaning is not always apparent.
1358 domino J de Broddesworth cotam de murre cum cloco, York
1394 ‘Joan Hukster for 3 ells of morrey, ˝d’, Hull
1401 et unum cloke de rubeo et murray, York
1451 Item j lectus de murray cum tapeta ejusdem coloris, York
1489-90 the Common Counsaill shal in murrey or violet meit the right noble ... lord Therl of Surrey, York
1528 To Eliz. Bolt my murray kirtle, Sherburn in Elmet
1568 a testure of Murray Clothe fringed with Murray Silke, and 3 Curtans of murray Clothe, Healaugh.