viridian

or ve·rid·i·an

[ vuh-rid-ee-uh n ]
/ vəˈrɪd i ən /

noun

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

Nearby words

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

Origin of viridian

1880–85; < Latin viridi(s) green + -an

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Examples from the Web for 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

viridian

/ (vɪˈrɪdɪən) /

noun

a green pigment consisting of a hydrated form of chromic oxide

Word Origin for viridian

C19: from Latin viridis green

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Word Origin and History for viridian

viridian

adj.

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

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