verdure

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French verdure.

Noun[edit]

verdure (countable and uncountable, plural verdures)

  1. The greenness of lush or growing vegetation; also: the vegetation itself.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare
      [...] now he was / The ivy which had hid my princely trunk, / And suck'd my verdure out on't.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 142
      The five weeks which she had now passed in Kent had made a great difference in the country, and every day was adding to the verdure of the early trees.
    • 1912, Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage, Chapter 1
      To her belonged Amber Spring, the water which gave verdure and beauty to the village and made living possible on that wild purple upland waste.
  2. (hence) A condition of health and vigour.

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Dutch[edit]

Verb[edit]

verdure

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of verduren

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

vert +‎ -ure

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

verdure f (plural verdures)

  1. verdure, greenness

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

verdure f pl

  1. plural form of verdura