American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Green with vegetation; covered with green growth.
- adj. Green.
- adj. Lacking experience or sophistication; naive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Green; fresh; covered with growing plants or grass: as, verdant fields; a verdant lawn.
- Green in knowledge; simple by reason of inexperience; inexperienced; unsophisticated; raw; green.
- adj. Green in colour.
- adj. Abundant in verdure; lush with vegetation.
- adj. Fresh.
- adj. A Symbol of Environmentalism.
- adj. Inexperienced.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Covered with growing plants or grass; green; fresh; flourishing.
- adj. colloq. Unripe in knowledge or judgment; unsophisticated; raw; green.
- adj. characterized by abundance of verdure
- From Middle French verdoyant, from Old French verb verdier, verdoier, from vert ("green"), from Vulgar Latin *virdis, from Latin viridis. (Wiktionary)
- French verdoyant, from Old French, present participle of verdoyer, to become green, from Vulgar Latin *viridiāre, from Latin viridis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The scenery is luxuriant because San Pancho is surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains, covered in verdant foliage.”
“Only then do we move to Kashmir, setting of Shalimar itself — Shalimar being the ancient name for "the great Mughal garden … descending in verdant liquid terraces to a shining lake.”
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“The idea that fresh foliage as an analogy to lack of sophistication was applied by the early 1800s to the word verdant as well and then in 1853 an author named Edward Bradley, writing under the pen name Cuthbert Bede used both words to name the chief character in his book An Oxford Freshman.”
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