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

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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, borrowed from Anglo-French, from verd “green” + -ure -ure — more at verdant


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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