viridian

noun
vi·​rid·​i·​an | \ və-ˈri-dē-ən How to pronounce viridian (audio) \

Definition of viridian

: a chrome green pigment that is a hydrated oxide of chromium

Examples of viridian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Survival Game The Long Dark Is a Troubling Yet Beautiful Gem," 3 Oct. 2014

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First Known Use of viridian

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viridian

Latin viridis

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“Viridian.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/viridian. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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