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


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 forms

vir·i·des·cence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


/ (ˌvɪrɪˈdɛsənt) /


greenish or tending to become green

Derived Forms

viridescence, noun

Word Origin for viridescent

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