or ve·rid·i·an

[vuh-rid-ee-uh n]


a long-lasting, bluish-green pigment, consisting of a hydrated oxide of chromium.

Origin of viridian

1880–85; < Latin viridi(s) green + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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



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