verdigris

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

Definition of verdigris

1 a : 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

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

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Verdigris

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

Definition of Verdigris

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

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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

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