verdigris

noun
ver·di·gris | \ ˈvər-də-ˌgrēs , -ˌgris , -grəs also -ˌgrē \

Definition of verdigris 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a green or greenish-blue poisonous pigment resulting from the action of acetic acid on copper and consisting of one or more basic copper acetates

b : normal copper acetate Cu(C2H3O2)2·H2O

2 : a green or bluish deposit especially of copper carbonates formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces

Verdigris

geographical name
Ver·di·gris | \ ˈvər-də-grəs \

Definition of Verdigris (Entry 2 of 2)

river 351 miles (565 kilometers) long in southeastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma flowing into the Arkansas River

Keep scrolling for more

Did You Know?

Green of Greece - that is the literal translation of "vert de Grece," the Anglo-French phrase from which the modern word verdigris descends. A coating of verdigris forms naturally on copper and copper alloys such as brass and bronze when those metals are exposed to air. (It can also be produced artificially.) The word verdigris has been associated with statuary and architecture, ancient and modern, since it was first used in the 14th century. Some American English speakers may find that they know it best from the greenish blue coating that covers the copper of the Statue of Liberty.

Examples of verdigris in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The handblown miniglobes have been fitted with warm LEDs and are attached to metal tubes that are available in verdigris, tarnished silver and mottled brass finishes. Arlene Hirst, New York Times, "What’s Hot (and Cool) in Home Lighting," 8 May 2018 One private room, paneled in glass, with an extraordinary verdigris marble floor, is intended for Legacy members—100 people (about a quarter of them are Americans) who have bought lifetime memberships, which can be inherited by their children. Pascal Chevallier, Vogue, "The Reinvention of Annabel’s, London’s Legendary Nightclub," 19 Mar. 2018 Today, most are a shade of verdigris or darkened by wax coatings. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Mirroring China’s Past: Emperors and Their Bronzes’ Review: Magnificent Metal," 5 Mar. 2018 Part Two gives the shiny pennies a lovely verdigris finish. Kathy Ceceri, WIRED, "GeekMom Experiments: Penny Chemistry for Kids," 8 Nov. 2010

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'verdigris.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of verdigris

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for verdigris

Noun

Middle English vertegrese, borrowed from Anglo-French verdegrece, vert de Grece, literally, "green of Greece"

Note: The current form reflects French vert-de-gris, with the final syllable assimilated to gris "gray."

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about verdigris

Listen to Our Podcast about verdigris

Dictionary Entries near verdigris

Verdi

verdicchio

verdict

verdigris

Verdigris

verdigrisy

verdin

Statistics for verdigris

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for verdigris

The first known use of verdigris was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for verdigris

verdigris

noun
ver·di·gris | \ ˈvərd-ə-ˌgrēs, -ˌgris, -grəs also -ˌgrē \

Medical Definition of verdigris 

: a green or greenish blue poisonous pigment resulting from the action of acetic acid on copper, consisting of one or more basic copper acetates, and formerly used in medicine

More from Merriam-Webster on verdigris

See words that rhyme with verdigris

Comments on verdigris

What made you want to look up verdigris? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

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!