Definition of verdigris
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 acetatesb : normal copper acetate Cu(C2H3O2)2·H2O
2 : a green or bluish deposit especially of copper carbonates formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces
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Part Two gives the shiny pennies a lovely verdigris finish.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of verdigris
Middle English vertegrese, borrowed from Anglo-French verdegrece, vert de Grece, literally, “green of Greece” ◆The current form reflects French vert-de-gris, with the final syllable assimilated to gris “gray.”
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of Verdigris
river 351 miles (565 kilometers) long in southeastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma flowing into the Arkansas River
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