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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
First recorded in 1575-85; verd(ure) + -ant
Related forms
verdancy, noun
verdantly, adverb
unverdant, adjective
unverdantly, adverb
1. lush, grassy. Unabridged
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  • The grass still held much of its summer verdancy, and the sky overhead was as deeply blue as on the mildest spring day.

    The Half-Back Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Wearily did he pass some of his time amidst the verdancy of the woods.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • The garden is a bath of verdancy and coolness even upon the most torrid day.

    Romance of Roman Villas Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
  • He shook his head sorrowfully, for I think the verdancy of my youth appealed to him.

    A Tatter of Scarlet S. R. Crockett
  • But the girls either denied the verdancy, or, if they admitted the charge in part, maintained it was an added excellence.

  • Thus the term "adobe," the sun-dried brick, as applied to a man, signifies vealiness and verdancy.

  • She took the witness-stand with evidences of backwardness and proverbial Bourbon verdancy.

  • The water is still green as emerald, and has the same luminous quiver and transparence of verdancy which the gem possesses.

    The Crest of the Continent Ernest Ingersoll
  • He was unused to the ways of electricity, I thought,—a verdancy by no means inexcusable.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • For your young virgins, sweet and modest as they are, have always a slight dash of young tartness, and verdancy.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
British Dictionary definitions for verdancy


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 verdancy



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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