[vir-i-des-uh nt]


slightly green; greenish.

Origin of viridescent

1840–50; < Late Latin viridēscent- (stem of viridēscēns, present participle of viridēscere to become green), equivalent to virid(is) virid + -ēscent- -escent
Related formsvir·i·des·cence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for viridescent

Historical Examples of viridescent

  • The viridescent ribbon of the Thames bound bridge to bridge running thematically through a symphony of grey and green and gold.

  • The marble balustrades which railed the terrace were overgrown with viridescent plant and flowering vine.

    Latitude 19 degree

    Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield

British Dictionary definitions for viridescent



greenish or tending to become green
Derived Formsviridescence, noun

Word Origin for viridescent

C19: from Late Latin viridescere to grow green, from Latin viridis green
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