Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Freshly green; verdant; covered with verdure, or consisting of it.
  • adj. Having youthful or new qualities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Covered with verdure; clothed with the fresh green of vegetation; verdured; verdant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Covered with verdnre; clothed with the fresh color of vegetation; verdant: as, verdurous pastures.

Etymologies

Originated c. 1595–1605, Middle English, from Old French, from verd ("green"), from Latin viridis (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Founded in 1684, just one year after its neighbour, Aduana - which faded immediately from prominence - Alamos rose to become the cultural, economic and spiritual centre of this splendid landscape of swooping, verdurous hills and sky-thrusting crags of rock.

    Alamos: Still a boom to bust town, but with everlasting charm

  • God surrounds "delicious Paradise" with a "verdurous wall", enclosing his blessed but vulnerable human couple.

    Ten of the best: walled gardens

  • In 2002, at the beginning of his tenure as a F.d governor, he picked two traditional landscapes: "Harvest Scene, New York State" (c. 1859), a rare American subject by the expatriate artist Thomas Hotchkiss, and an untitled romantic view of a verdurous valley by Arthur F. Bellows.

    What Fed Chiefs Like

  • His favorite word is verdurous, his least favorite is mediocre, and his favorite spell is Alahomora.

    Daniel Radcliffe Livens Up ‘Inside The Actors Studio’ » MTV Movies Blog

  • Keats famously used it in "Ode to a Nightingale" in the line "Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways."

    John Lundberg: Harry Potter's Anonymous Poems

  • I saw part of Radcliffe's episode of "Inside the Actor's Studio," wherein he mentioned that verdurous -- which means "freshly green" or "verdant" (it's seldom used anymore) -- was his favorite word.

    John Lundberg: Harry Potter's Anonymous Poems

  •     Prunes no hedger's bill broad-verging verdurous arbours;

    Poems and Fragments

  • Advised by the U.S. Embassy to depart immediately, I boarded an evacuation flight to Vietnam where I viewed the U.S. forces in and around Saigon for several days before leaving for the calm and verdurous Malay highlands.

    Peter Agre - Autobiography

  • I acquire deliberately both knowledge and liking: the acquisition grows into my brain, and the sentiment into my breast; and it is not as the rapid springing produce which, having no root in itself, flourishes verdurous enough for a time, but too soon falls withered away.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • Yes, this is the earth; there is no change — no ruin — no rent made in her verdurous expanse; she continues to wheel round and round, with alternate night and day, through the sky, though man is not her adorner or inhabitant.

    The Last Man

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  • What shall we who count our days and bow
    Our heads with a commemorial woe
    In the ribboned coats of grim felicity,
    What shall we say of the bones, unclean,
    Whose verdurous anonymity will grow?

    - Allen Tate, Ode to the Confederate Dead, 1928

    June 18, 2011