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verdure

[vur-jer] /ˈvɜr dʒər/
noun
1.
greenness, especially of fresh, flourishing vegetation.
2.
green vegetation, especially grass or herbage.
3.
freshness in general; flourishing condition; vigor.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to verd green (see vert) + -ure -ure
Related forms
verdured, adjective
verdureless, adjective
unverdured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for verdureless

verdure

/ˈvɜːdʒə/
noun
1.
flourishing green vegetation or its colour
2.
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 verdureless

verdure

n.

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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