Definition of terre verte in US English:

terre verte


  • A grayish-green pigment made from glauconite and used especially for watercolors and tempera.

    Also called green earth
    • ‘Glauconite is a greenish earth of hydrated iron potassium silicate, known as green earth or terre verte.’
    • ‘Burnt umber, terre verte, red ochre, red lake and burnt sienna were identified in several places.’
    • ‘Shades of green encompassed my vision: dusty olive, sparkling emerald, brilliant chartreuse, rich terre verte.’
    • ‘I also worked the terre verte into the hair to soften the edge between the scalp and the hair, and I painted a small amount of it where there was reflected light, such as on the chin line.’
    • ‘Finally, the Daniel Smith terre verte is viridian darkened with umber, and is not a natural clay pigment: the term ‘hue’ should be used.’
    • ‘The paint layers contained the following pigments: cinnabar, orpiment, indigo, smalt, Prussian blue, terre verte, gypsum, charcoal black, and earth brown.’
    • ‘Dilg builds up the paint around the drawing in a narrow range of relatively cool hues running from terre verte to taupe and teal.’
    • ‘I've had no trouble with the brands of terre verte I've used.’


Mid 17th century: French, literally ‘green earth’.


terre verte

/ˌter ˈvert/