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viridian

or ve·rid·i·an

[vuh-rid-ee-uh n]
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noun
  1. a long-lasting, bluish-green pigment, consisting of a hydrated oxide of chromium.

Origin of viridian

1880–85; < Latin viridi(s) green + -an
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Examples from the Web for viridian

Historical Examples

  • In illumination, the red contrasted by viridian will be found most beautiful and effective.

    Field's Chromatography

    George Field

  • It was of the keen cold green known to painters as viridian—the colour of turnip leaves with the dew on them.

    The Firebrand</p>

    S. R. Crockett


British Dictionary definitions for viridian

viridian

noun
  1. a green pigment consisting of a hydrated form of chromic oxide

Word Origin

C19: from Latin viridis green
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Word Origin and History for viridian

adj.

1882, from Latin virid-, stem of viridis "green" (see verdure) + -ian.

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