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verdure

[vur-jer]
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noun
  1. greenness, especially of fresh, flourishing vegetation.
  2. green vegetation, especially grass or herbage.
  3. freshness in general; flourishing condition; vigor.

Origin of verdure

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to verd green (see vert) + -ure -ure
Related formsver·dured, adjectivever·dure·less, adjectiveun·ver·dured, adjective
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Examples from the Web for verdure

Historical Examples

  • But with me, the verdure and the flowers are not frostbitten in the midst of winter.

    The Village Uncle (From "Twice Told Tales")

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • It seemed to the young couple as if they were being rocked on a sea of verdure.

  • All around were lofty mountains covered with verdure and glory.

    The Elm Tree Tales

    F. Irene Burge Smith

  • They had swept the country of its verdure, and left a trail of desolation behind them.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • Under the warming, germinating sunlight, the verdure sprung.


British Dictionary definitions for verdure

verdure

noun
  1. flourishing green vegetation or its colour
  2. a condition of freshness or healthy growth
Derived Formsverdured, adjectiveverdurous, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French verd green, from Latin viridis
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Word Origin and History for 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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