Definition of verditer in US English:



  • 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.

    • ‘The cheaper alternative of blue verditer was used in the larger and less intense blue areas like the sky.’
    • ‘The case is the same with blue verditer, a preparation made from oxide of copper and lime.’
    • ‘In the 18th century the newly invented pigment Prussian blue offered an alternative to blue verditer.’
    • ‘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.’


  • Of the color verditer.

    • ‘The tail-feathers are dark olive mixed with verditer green on the upper surface and changing to dull olive-brown.’
    • ‘The saddest thing in Kew Palace is neither the verditer green wallpaper with the black flock border, nor the specially woven carpets.’


Early 16th century: from Old French verd de terre, literally ‘earth green’.