verdigris

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From french vert-de-gris.

Noun[edit]

verdigris (countable and uncountable, plural verdigrises)

  1. A blue-green patina that forms on copper-containing metals.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 13
      Let's to the museum. Cannon-balls, arrow-heads; Roman glass and a forceps green with verdigris.
  2. (chemistry, dated) Copper acetate.
  3. The colour of this patina or material.

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Verb[edit]

verdigris (third-person singular simple present verdigrises, present participle verdigrising, simple past and past participle verdigrised)

  1. To cover, or coat, with verdigris.
    An old verdigrised brass bugle. — Hawthorne.

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