viridescent

[ vir-i-des-uh nt ]
/ ˌvɪr ɪˈdɛs ənt /
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adjective

slightly green; greenish.

Nearby words

  1. virgoan,
  2. virgulate,
  3. virgule,
  4. viricide,
  5. virid,
  6. viridian,
  7. viridity,
  8. virile,
  9. virilescence,
  10. virilism

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

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Examples from the Web for viridescent

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

    Latitude 19 degree|Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
  • The viridescent ribbon of the Thames bound bridge to bridge running thematically through a symphony of grey and green and gold.



British Dictionary definitions for viridescent

viridescent

/ (ˌvɪrɪˈdɛsənt) /

adjective

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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