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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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  • At length they rose from the verdant green, and chased each other in mock pursuit.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Suddenly the whole face of it was adorned with a verdant, undulating robe.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Nature in one of her wildest moments, verdant and profound, was revealed.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • One must be eager, verdant, to write happily the story of travel.

  • The 'verdant Wanderers of Wyoming;' that is precisely what we shall be.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • But the travelers were undeceived when they came to the edge of this verdant plain.

  • How did this verdant disease spread from one continent to another?

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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