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The copper roof of a water tower in Denmark, green with verdigris.
Doors with verdigris at RuhrCongress Bochum, a conference center in Bochum, Germany.
A Chinese coin with verdigris.


From French vert-de-gris.



verdigris (countable and uncountable, plural verdigrises)

  1. A blue-green patina or rust 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.
    verdigris colour:  
    • 1735, [John Barrow], “GREENS”, in Dictionarium Polygraphicum: Or, The Whole Body of Arts Regularly Digested. [...], volume I, London: Printed for C[harles] Hitch and C[harles] Davis in Pater-noster Row, and S[amuel] Austen in St. Paul's Church-Yard, OCLC 987025732:
      Gamboge is one of the firſt yellows, which may be made to produce five or six ſorts of Green with verdegreaſe, according as the gambooge is in the greater or leſſer proportion; if it abounds, it will make a tolerable oak green, and being mixt with a greater quantity of verdegreaſe, it will make a fine graſs Green.


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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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