verdure

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English verdure, from Old French verdure.

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Noun[edit]

verdure (countable and uncountable, plural verdures)

  1. The greenness of lush or growing vegetation; also: the vegetation itself.
    • 1610–1611 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
      [] now he was / The ivy which had hid my princely trunk, / And suck'd my verdure out on't.
    • 1813 January 27, [Jane Austen], Pride and Prejudice: [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: [] [George Sidney] for T[homas] Egerton, [], →OCLC:
      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 January, Zane Grey, chapter 1, in Riders of the Purple Sage [], New York, N.Y., London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, →OCLC:
      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.
    • 1952, Norman Lewis, Golden Earth:
      Through the brazen hours that followed high noon, we crept onwards through a tunnel of glittering verdure.
  2. (by extension) A condition of health and vigour.

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Verb[edit]

verdure (third-person singular simple present verdures, present participle verduring, simple past and past participle verdured)

  1. (transitive) To cover with verdure.

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Dutch[edit]

Verb[edit]

verdure

  1. (dated or formal) singular present subjunctive of verduren

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From vert (green) +‎ -ure (noun-forming suffix), or from Vulgar Latin *virdūra.

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Noun[edit]

verdure f (plural verdures)

  1. verdure, greenness

Descendants[edit]

  • Romanian: verdură

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Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /verˈdu.re/
  • Rhymes: -ure
  • Hyphenation: ver‧dù‧re

Noun[edit]

verdure f pl

  1. plural of verdura