American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The lush greenness of flourishing vegetation.
- n. Vigorous greenery.
- n. A fresh or flourishing condition: the verdure of childhood.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Greenness; specifically, the fresh green of vegetation; also, green vegetation itself: as, the verdure of spring.
- n. Hence Freshness in general.
- n. In decorative art, tapestry of which foliage or leafage on a large scale, scenery with trees, or the like, is the chief subject. Also tapis de verdure.
- To cover with or as with verdure: as, “verdured bank,”
- n. The greenness of lush or growing vegetation; also: the vegetation itself.
- n. hence A condition of health and vigour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Green; greenness; freshness of vegetation.
- n. the lush appearance of flourishing vegetation
- n. green foliage
- From Old French verdure. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from verd, green, from Latin viridis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Generally, our grass and foliage are refreshed by passing showers, during the warmest weather, and the beauty of the verdure is a source of great pleasure to those who come from the brown fields about New York and Philadelphia.”
“Isis, which flows beside it through meadows of exquisite verdure, is spread forth into a placid expanse of waters, which reflects its majestic assemblage of towers, and spires, and domes, embosomed among aged trees.”
“But that which had interested us most along our line of travel was the trees without a sign of leaves or blossoms, since with us the verdure is perennial; and the sight of shrubs or bushes, or even lofty trees, standing out bare of foliage or flower, struck us very strangely.”
“The verdure is magnificent; the town is submerged in it, and flowers are everywhere.”
“A lofty hall divides this one, terminating on a rear veranda, with a wide view of the precipitous white city, buried in verdure, sloping down to the flashing emerald of the bay, that is ringed with tawny hills.”
“I have used the word verdure, but it is really a misnomer, for although the prevailing tint of the foliage was a dark green, the entire forest was streaked like a rainbow with innumerable flowers, and the breeze which blew from it was laden with the most delightful perfume, Evidently it was all a howling wilderness, for we could not detect the slightest vestige of human dwellings or cultivation.”
“Here in one place there rises a barren rock, perfectly bare of verdure, which is called Mount Misery.”
“A wide space between the trees and the street had been turned into well-kept gardens, and their verdure was a pleasant thing to see.”
“On the withered, bent tree the foliage is smaller, more scanty -- but the verdure is the same as ever.”
“Many of the meadows are thickly sown with the white narcissus, and the hedges, which form their inclosures, are covered with the deepest verdure, which is finely contrasted with the pink-flowers of the almond trees, rising at intervals in the hedge-rows.”
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