Paris green

noun
Par·​is green | \ ˈper-əs- How to pronounce Paris green (audio) , ˈpa-rəs- \

Definition of Paris green

1 : a very poisonous green copper and arsenic compound C4H6As6Cu4O16 used especially formerly as an insecticide and pigment
2 : a brilliant yellowish green

First Known Use of Paris green

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Paris green

Paris, France

Learn More About Paris green

Time Traveler for Paris green

Time Traveler

The first known use of Paris green was in 1845

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near Paris green

Paris granite

Paris green

parish

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Paris green

Cite this Entry

“Paris green.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Paris%20green. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for Paris green

Paris green

noun
Par·​is green | \ ˌpar-əs- How to pronounce Paris green (audio) \

Medical Definition of Paris green

: a very poisonous copper-based bright green powder Cu(C2H3O2)2·3Cu(AsO2)2 that is used as an insecticide and pigment

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!