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[vur-jer] /ˈvɜr dʒər/
greenness, especially of fresh, flourishing vegetation.
green vegetation, especially grass or herbage.
freshness in general; flourishing condition; vigor.
Origin of verdure
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to verd green (see vert) + -ure -ure
Related forms
verdured, adjective
verdureless, adjective
unverdured, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for verdure
  • Even the air has a pale-green cast: the moisture suspended in it picks up the pervasive glow of the verdure.
  • Viewed from the inside, the piece suggests a dense canopy of verdure.
  • The whole is buried in a variety of shrubbery of the richest verdure.
  • It is a surprise to discover that ferns compose the verdure, for several kinds find the shelter of the cliffs agreeable.
  • The residential portion of the city is noted for its many beautiful mansions embowered in semitropical bloom and verdure.
  • People are cutting back the verdure to bake charcoal to sell.
  • It is verdure clad, as is indeed all of this beautiful section.
  • Everything is covered with luxurious tropical verdure, even the rocks.
British Dictionary definitions for verdure


flourishing green vegetation or its colour
a condition of freshness or healthy growth
Derived Forms
verdured, adjective
verdurous, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French verd green, from Latin viridis
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Word Origin and History for verdure

c.1300, "fresh green color," from Old French verdure "greenness," from verd, variant of vert "green," from Latin viridis (source of Spanish, Italian verde), related to virere "be green," of unknown origin. Perhaps ultimately from a root meaning "growing plant" and cognate with Lithuanian veisti "propagate," Old Norse visir "bud, sprout," Old English wise "sprout, stalk, etc." Meaning "green plants, vegetation" is attested from c.1400.

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