Definition of verdigris in English:



  • [mass noun] A bright bluish-green encrustation or patina formed on copper or brass by atmospheric oxidation, consisting of basic copper carbonate.

    • ‘Finishes range from antique brass and antique copper to bright brass, black and verdigris.’
    • ‘Over the next few seasons the high sheen would fade, gradually achieving that beautiful, soft verdigris of aged copper.’
    • ‘The bones, upon closer inspection, were covered in verdigris, and bigger than normal human bones.’
    • ‘The exposed areas will become green with verdigris, while the sheltered ones will darken.’
    • ‘True verdigris is actually a coating of cupric carbonate formed by weathering on copper, brass and bronze from age.’
    • ‘The Parisian theme continues into the casino area, where 90 table games are situated beneath attractive verdigris grillwork.’
    • ‘Washington's last renovation to the room occurred in 1787 when he ordered the walls to be painted a bright verdigris green.’
    • ‘One of the reasons I am leaving that hint of green is that the cast aluminum furniture will be done in verdigris this year.’
    • ‘Powell came in December 2001 and saw what he first thought was evidence of verdigris in the paint.’


Middle English: from Old French verte-gres, earlier vert de Grece green of Greece.