One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Lush green vegetation.
shrubbery, vegetation, greenery, ground cover, underwood, copsewood, brushwood, brush, scrub, underscrub, cover, covert, thicket, copse, coppice, wood, jungleView synonyms
- ‘In a little time, when the roots of the plant had taken up the moisture, the unsightly blotches began to be extinguished in a living verdure.’
- ‘The bright verdure stands testimony to the still-fertile soil - the river's legacy to Thatta.’
- ‘Bowling unhindered through the Suffolk verdure, Peel offers a courteous monologue on the local environment.’
- ‘The settlement was long abandoned now, reclaimed by the verdure from which it had been carved.’
- ‘Soon the rivers begin to flow, the ponds and the lakes fill to overflowing, and verdure covers the earth.’
- ‘The verdure under him is still green, though crushed.’
- ‘Instead, they linger in the field of vision on a more or less equal footing with the verdure they border.’
- ‘My soul was thrilled with the invigorating freshness of the verdure.’
- ‘The movement doesn't have to be much to tear root and shoot tissue as well as displace roots and dislodge the verdure.’
- ‘In fact, my partner, Lance, observed that the lush, manicured verdure through which we were driving looked like it was mown and rolled on a daily basis.’
- ‘Visitors climbing staircases from the street would enter the park amid the lush verdure.’
- 1.1literary The fresh green color of vegetation.
- ‘Natural colours such as sienna, coffee, verdure, burgundy, metal and champagne are chosen as ambient colours.’
- ‘It is striking and effective, complementing the picturesque Trinity verdure.’
- ‘My wish is if possible to obtain one of your true American Landscapes - taken on the spot - fresh from Nature in the deep verdure of late Summer.’
- 1.2literary A condition of freshness.
- ‘Low-lying nylon-strung verdure cohabited the same space as vocal powwows, a move straight out of the Neutral Milk Hotel gratuity bible.’
- ‘What each one of them inwardly pined for, although unable to ascertain it or admit it openly once they had, was the olden days of stellar verdure.’
- ‘His music is readily approachable, engaging the heart in pleasant groves of melody all overhung with verdure of lush orchestration.’
- ‘There's a tremendous sense of growth, richness and verdure.’
Late Middle English: via French from Old French verd ‘green’, from Latin viridis.
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