verdure

[ vur-jer ]
/ ˈvɜr dʒər /

noun

greenness, especially of fresh, flourishing vegetation.
green vegetation, especially grass or herbage.
freshness in general; flourishing condition; vigor.

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Origin of verdure

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to verd green (see vert) + -ure -ure
Related formsver·dured, adjectivever·dure·less, adjectiveun·ver·dured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for verdure

verdure

/ (ˈvɜːdʒə) /

noun

flourishing green vegetation or its colour
a condition of freshness or healthy growth
Derived Formsverdured, adjectiveverdurous, adjective

Word Origin for verdure

C14: from Old French verd green, from Latin viridis
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Word Origin and History for verdure

verdure


n.

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.

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