One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light blue or bluish-green pigment, typically prepared by adding chalk or whiting to a solution of copper nitrate, used in making crayons and as a watercolor.
- ‘In the 18th century the newly invented pigment Prussian blue offered an alternative to blue verditer.’
- ‘The case is the same with blue verditer, a preparation made from oxide of copper and lime.’
- ‘The synthetic pigment, called green verditer, tends to have regularly sized particles with rounded edges.’
- ‘In the 19th century, green verditer was used for both distemper and oil based interior house paints.’
- ‘The cheaper alternative of blue verditer was used in the larger and less intense blue areas like the sky.’
Of the color verditer.
- ‘The saddest thing in Kew Palace is neither the verditer green wallpaper with the black flock border, nor the specially woven carpets.’
- ‘The tail-feathers are dark olive mixed with verditer green on the upper surface and changing to dull olive-brown.’
Early 16th century: from Old French verd de terre, literally ‘earth green’.
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