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verd antique

or verde antique

[vurd]
noun
  1. a green, mottled or impure serpentine, sold as a marble and much used for decorative purposes.
  2. any of various similar green stones.
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Origin of verd antique

1735–45; < French < Italian verde antico literally, antique green. See verdure, antique
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Examples from the Web for verd antique

Historical Examples

  • Our astonishment was not lessened when we found it was one solid mass of verd-antique marble.

    Pencillings by the Way

    N. Parker Willis

  • In the boudoirs of the sultanas they were sometimes of verd-antique, and incrusted with lapis-lazuli.

  • Chatterton took great pains to encrust his gold with verd-antique; it requires little to remove the green rubbish from the coin.

  • The great Plain of Esdraelon lay below us like a vast mosaic of green and brown--jasper and verd-antique.

  • The furniture was embellishcd with gorgeous carvings, and enriched with marble, jasper and verd-antique.


British Dictionary definitions for verd antique

verd antique

noun
  1. a dark green mottled impure variety of serpentine marble
  2. any of various similar marbles or stones
  3. another name for verdigris
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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Italian verde antico ancient green
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