purple heart

ˌPurple ˈHeart [Purple Heart Purple Hearts] BrE
a medal given to a member of the armed forces of the US who has been wounded in battle
The Purple Heart was established by George Washington in 1782 as the Badge of Military Merit, but was immediately called the Purple Heart. It is in the form of a purple heart with an image of Washington on it.
Compare Congressional Medal of Honor

WordNet Dictionary:
a United States military decoration awarded to any member of the armed forces who is wounded in action
Syn: Order of the Purple Heart

a long-acting barbiturate used as a sedative
Syn: sodium thiopental, phenobarbital, phenobarbitone, Luminal

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