Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A durable bluish-green pigment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as Veronese green (which see, under green).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a bluish green pigment made from a form of chromic oxide
  • noun color a bluish green color.
  • adjective colour of a bluish green colour.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin viridis, green; see virid.]

Examples

  • We needed a bit more help, so we looked up the word 'viridian'.

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  • We needed a bit more help, so we looked up the word 'viridian'.

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  • He didn't get the hang of making his own paints overnight, finding that cobalts and cadmiums worked best for him when ground again and again ("I try to make it as fine as I can get it, so that the maximum amount of light can travel through it, to create a stained glass effect") but that viridian became dull ("just the color green") if it were ground too much.

    Daniel Grant: Some Artists Make Their Own Paints

  • He didn't get the hang of making his own paints overnight, finding that cobalts and cadmiums worked best for him when ground again and again ("I try to make it as fine as I can get it, so that the maximum amount of light can travel through it, to create a stained glass effect") but that viridian became dull ("just the color green") if it were ground too much.

    Daniel Grant: Some Artists Make Their Own Paints

  • To create his trademark pale golds, Van Gogh mixed the bright yellow lead chromate pigment with the white lead sulphate, creating a combination that was subtler than the pure yellow but susceptible to a reaction that creates viridian, a darker shade of spring green.

    Chemists Called in as Van Gogh's Pigments Darken

  • He didn't get the hang of making his own paints overnight, finding that cobalts and cadmiums worked best for him when ground again and again ("I try to make it as fine as I can get it, so that the maximum amount of light can travel through it, to create a stained glass effect") but that viridian became dull ("just the color green") if it were ground too much.

    Daniel Grant: Some Artists Make Their Own Paints

  • He didn't get the hang of making his own paints overnight, finding that cobalts and cadmiums worked best for him when ground again and again ("I try to make it as fine as I can get it, so that the maximum amount of light can travel through it, to create a stained glass effect") but that viridian became dull ("just the color green") if it were ground too much.

    Daniel Grant: Some Artists Make Their Own Paints

  • To create his trademark pale golds, Van Gogh mixed the bright yellow lead chromate pigment with the white lead sulphate, creating a combination that was subtler than the pure yellow but susceptible to a reaction that creates viridian, a darker shade of spring green.

    Chemists Called in as Van Gogh's Pigments Darken

  • Once the bridge was negotiated, I saw the slow rise of a hill, carefully manicured on both sides of a narrow walkway with procrustean green fields, dotted in places by crabapple trees that attracted fleets of frenzied wasps when the season fermented in sick sweetness, falling fruit mashed muted viridian in streaks and lopsided buttons across the sidewalk.

    Excerpt from De Imitatio Calembouri

  • Walking through his apartment afterward, I saw his viridian Underwood typewriter loaded, cocked, and ready with a fresh blank page; the objects on his desk arranged in anticipation of writing.

    'Ilustrado'

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  • Citation on rescrutinise.

    June 30, 2008

  • ". . .Olga, a vision of Pariso-colonial chic in a viridian Arab tunic." Gilbert Adair translation of Georges Perec's La Disparition

    August 11, 2010

  • Her long coat was of viridian velvet. Cold comfort farm.

    February 23, 2013