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

  • n. A durable bluish-green pigment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a bluish green pigment made from a form of chromic oxide
  • n. a bluish green color.
  • adj. of a bluish green colour.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


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

From Latin viridis, green; see virid.


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


  • 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.


  • Prime viridian, a shimmer of lime above the wet-black trunk of the plum tree, the dark wet fur of the pines, the pale fiddleheads, all that grass.

    Beginner’s Grace

  • Another way of making a subdued blue would be mixing it from the adjacent colors in the color wheel violet plus viridian, for example.

    Charting Pigments

  • On every side of him, the cold viridian waters stretched as far as he could see, and for every wave that reared and whinnied upon those waters, there was a question to rear and whinny in his mind.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • It appears to me that this is a blog on healthy eating/healthy activity, and I think that a leaf, kelly, or viridian green is a great color for this as it screams “fresh!”

    Drive-By Shooting Special: Cheryl’s Casual Contemplations

  • Although the sky was cloudy and gray, trees of every shade of green, from verdigris to viridian, nodded and swayed as the morning shower breezed through their leaves; giving them a Saturday morning scrub.

    Unwrapping the Gift


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  • Citation on rescrutinise.

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