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  1. green with vegetation; covered with growing plants or grass: a verdant oasis.
  2. of the color green: a verdant lawn.
  3. inexperienced; unsophisticated: verdant college freshmen.

Origin of verdant

First recorded in 1575–85; verd(ure) + -ant
Related formsver·dan·cy, nounver·dant·ly, adverbun·ver·dant, adjectiveun·ver·dant·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for verdancy


  1. covered with green vegetation
  2. (of plants, etc) green in colour
  3. immature or unsophisticated; green
Derived Formsverdancy, nounverdantly, adverb

Word Origin for verdant

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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