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verdant

[vur-dnt]
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adjective
  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.
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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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Related Words for verdant

leafy, lush, grassy, flourishing, fresh, verdurous

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Contemporary Examples of verdant

Historical Examples of verdant

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

    Imogen

    William Godwin

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

    Imogen

    William Godwin

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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for verdant

verdant

adjective
  1. covered with green vegetation
  2. (of plants, etc) green in colour
  3. immature or unsophisticated; green
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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 verdant

adj.

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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