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or ve·rid·i·an

[vuh-rid-ee-uh n]
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  1. a long-lasting, bluish-green pigment, consisting of a hydrated oxide of chromium.
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Origin of viridian

1880–85; < Latin viridi(s) green + -an
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Related Words for viridian

olive, blue-green, fir, sap, jade, sage, moss, pine, forest, sea, grass, peacock, apple, spinach, willow, verdigris, malachite, beryl, chartreuse, kelly

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Historical Examples of viridian

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

    Field's Chromatography

    George Field

  • 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
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Word Origin for viridian

C19: from Latin viridis green
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Word Origin and History for viridian


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

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