Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

Etymologies

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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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.

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  • 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

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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