[vur-di-grees, -gris]
a green or bluish patina formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time, consisting principally of basic copper sulfate.
Also called aerugo.

1250–1300; < Middle French vert de gris; replacing Middle English vertegrez < Anglo-French vert de Grece, Old French vere grez green of Greece

verdigrisy, adjective Unabridged
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verdigris (ˈvɜːdɪɡrɪs)
1.  a green or bluish patina formed on copper, brass, or bronze and consisting of a basic salt of copper containing both copper oxide and a copper salt
2.  a green or blue crystalline substance obtained by the action of acetic acid on copper and used as a fungicide and pigment; basic copper acetate
[C14: from Old French vert de Grice green of Greece]

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Word Origin & History

1300, from O.Fr. verte grez (13c.), verte de Grece (c.1170), lit. "green of Greece," from obs. Fr. verd, from L. viridis (see verdure). The reason for it being called that is not known.
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Example sentences
On the inside, two veins the color of verdigris were visible.
The green color of the monument is the result of verdigris or green rust of copper.
The verdigris had partially darkened and discolored.
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