or ve·rid·i·an

[vuh-rid-ee-uh n]
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Origin of viridian

1880–85; < Latin viridi(s) green + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for viridian

Historical Examples of viridian

  • In illumination, the red contrasted by viridian will be found most beautiful and effective.

  • It was of the keen cold green known to painters as viridian—the colour of turnip leaves with the dew on them.

    The Firebrand

    S. R. Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for viridian


  1. a green pigment consisting of a hydrated form of chromic oxide

Word Origin for viridian

C19: from Latin viridis green
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for viridian

1882, from Latin virid-, stem of viridis "green" (see verdure) + -ian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper