ver·​di·​gris | \ ˈvər-də-ˌgrēs How to pronounce verdigris (audio) , -ˌgris How to pronounce verdigris (audio) , -grəs also -ˌgrē \

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 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

Examples of verdigris in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With its gorgeous light-verdigris hue, Chamaerops humilis cerifera is originally from Morocco and known for its hardiness. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 15 Mar. 2022 In Pessin’s home office, tucked into a nook under his staircase, there’s a verdigris Jean Prouvé-esque desk beneath a wall-hugging facsimile of a geometric Frank Stella painting. New York Times, 25 Nov. 2021 But the chloroplasts swathe large portions of their flat, billowy bodies in a startling verdigris. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 It’s 22-by-17 feet dominated by a large curving island of the verdigris marble. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 4 Apr. 2020 It was inspired by the verdigris tones of a historic building across the street and the pale blush of another local landmark. Jane Margolies, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2019 From the open valley of the Río Chaschuil, the road suddenly plunged into narrow defiles where the rock was blushed with surreal mineral colors—crimson, verdigris, malachite, violet. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Aug. 2019 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, 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, 19 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of verdigris

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

History and Etymology for 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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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

Verdigris geographical name

Ver·​di·​gris | \ ˈvər-də-grəs How to pronounce Verdigris (audio) \

Definition of Verdigris

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


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