verdure

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noun ver·dure \ˈvər-jər also -dyər\

Definition of verdure

  1. 1 :  the greenness of growing vegetation; also :  such vegetation itself

  2. 2 :  a condition of health and vigor

verdurous

play \ˈverj-rəs; ˈver-jə-rəs, -dyə-\ adjective

Examples of verdure in a sentence

  1. <a good time to tour the wine country is when it is clothed with the verdure of midsummer>

  2. <a portrait of a fresh-faced teenage girl in all of her youthful verdure and irrepressible joie de vivre>

Did You Know?

English speakers have had the use of the word verdure since the 14th century, when it made its way into Middle English from Anglo-French. Like the more common verdant, the word traces back to Latin virēre, meaning "to be green." Since the early 16th century, verdure has also been used to refer to a kind of tapestry with a design based on plant forms. The verdure that English speakers sometimes encounter on menus is Italian; in that language verdure refers to green vegetables or to vegetables in general (as in "fettuccine con verdure").

Origin and Etymology of verdure

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from verd green


First Known Use: 14th century


VERDURE Defined for Kids

verdure

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noun ver·dure \ˈvər-jər\

Definition of verdure for Students

  1. :  green vegetation


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