- greenness, especially of fresh, flourishing vegetation.
- green vegetation, especially grass or herbage.
- freshness in general; flourishing condition; vigor.
Origin of verdure
Examples from the Web for verdure
But with me, the verdure and the flowers are not frostbitten in the midst of winter.The Village Uncle (From "Twice Told Tales")
It seemed to the young couple as if they were being rocked on a sea of verdure.The Fortune of the Rougons
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
Under the warming, germinating sunlight, the verdure sprung.
- flourishing green vegetation or its colour
- a condition of freshness or healthy growth
Word Origin and History for verdure
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.