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Porto is another must-visit; from picnicking in Parque da Cidade do Porto to touring the verdant valleys of Douro.
Mr. Landau’s seven-decade career featured verdant artistic peaks — including his work for directors Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Tim Burton — and long stretches of arid desert.
Reeves’s vision of the aftermath, in Dawn, was so surprising and effective because of how verdant the world looked—with human influence receding, nature became overgrown and lush, and forests reclaimed all of the pitiful manmade infrastructure.
Divided into eight sections, the trail runs along Jordan's western border from the verdant farmlands of Um Qais in the north to the desert landscapes of the south, ending at the Red Sea.
In the distance were open fields, forested hills, and the verdant wetlands of Bark Meadow Brook.
Best time The drive through the California-Arizona desert into the mountains of northern Arizona is best in spring, with colorful wildflowers giving way to verdant forests.
When the conditions are ripe for romance - no rain, dark skies, kill the moonlight - thousands of the fireflies will flirt on a verdant tract of land laced with hardwood trees and a burbling river.
Pay for throwing away The government has promised new infrastructure, including a multibillion dollar incinerator to be built on one of the island's most verdant locations.
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Did You Know?
English speakers have been using "verdant" as a ripe synonym of "green" since the late 16th century, and as a descriptive term for inexperienced or naive people since the 1820s. (By contrast, the more experienced "green" has colored our language since well before the 12th century, and was first applied to inexperienced people in the 1540s.) "Verdant" is derived from the Old French word for "green," vert, which in turn is from Latin virērē, meaning "to be green." Today, "vert" is used in English as a word for green forest vegetation and the heraldic color green. Another descendant of "virere" is the adjective virescent, meaning "beginning to be green."
Origin and Etymology of verdant
contracted from Medieval French verdoyant, from present participle of verdoyer “to be green, turn green,” going back to Old French verdoier, from verd, vert “green” (going back to Latin viridis, from a base *wir-, whence virēre “to show green growth, be green” of uncertain origin) + -oier, factitive verb suffix, going back to Latin -idiāre, originally representing variant pronunciation (or spelling variant) of -izāre -ize ◆Latin viridis and virēre have been linked to Lithuanian visti “to multiply, breed,” veisti “to breed, rear,” as well as to Old English wīse “sprout, stalk,” Old High German wisa “meadow,” though the semantic connections are vague enough to make this a very tenuous hypothesis.
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Definition of verdant for English Language Learners
: green with growing plants
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Definition of verdant for Students
: green with growing plants a verdant landscape
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