vi·​rid·​i·​an və-ˈri-dē-ən How to pronounce viridian (audio)
: a chrome green pigment that is a hydrated oxide of chromium

Examples of viridian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2010, scientists analyzed the composition of the 1893 and 1910 versions of The Scream and found the pigments used included cadmium yellow, vermillion, ultramarine, and viridian, all common in the 19th century. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 May 2020 Frostbitten weeds poked from the hardpack, all granularity leeched from the countryside, the icy, angular topography distilled to surfaces shaded cobalt, steel and viridian set against a saffron sky. Matt Peckham, WIRED, 3 Oct. 2014

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Word History


Latin viridis

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of viridian was in 1882

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“Viridian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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