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[vur-dnt] /ˈvɜr dnt/
green with vegetation; covered with growing plants or grass:
a verdant oasis.
of the color green:
a verdant lawn.
inexperienced; unsophisticated:
verdant college freshmen.
Origin of verdant
1575-85; verd(ure) + -ant
Related forms
verdancy, noun
verdantly, adverb
unverdant, adjective
unverdantly, adverb
1. lush, grassy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for verdant
  • Still, the lush cover photography of a verdant table setting and a bowl of farm-fresh eggs drew me in.
  • The countryside is lush, with rolling hills, and tea bushes nestled under verdant green trees.
  • But the unusually warm season has left the green roof verdant and flush with food.
  • Their home is perched high on a green hillside, and from the back the ground plunges into a verdant valley of palm branches.
  • Spring is so brief that a matter of days can be the difference between hillsides looking drab and brown versus verdant and green.
  • Global warming has increased droughts around the world and turned formerly verdant landscapes into near deserts.
  • The result is a day side of endless sunlight and verdant forests, and a night side of darkness and packed ice.
  • verdant foliage carpets the slope below, and on the valley floor, palm fronds dance in the warm breeze.
  • The world lived with a verdant cosmos for three months, until the researchers issued a red-faced retraction.
  • Planetary nebulae can look positively verdant through a telescope.
British Dictionary definitions for verdant


covered with green vegetation
(of plants, etc) green in colour
immature or unsophisticated; green
Derived Forms
verdancy, noun
verdantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Old French verdoyant, from verdoyer to become green, from Old French verd green, from Latin viridis, from virēre to be green
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Word Origin and History for verdant

1580s, "green," from Middle French virdeant "becoming green," present participle of Old French verdeiier "become green," from Vulgar Latin *viridiare "grow green, make green," from Latin viridis "green" (see verdure). Related: Verdantly.

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