April 13, 2016
verdant (adjective)
\VER-dunt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: green with growing plants
How do you use it?
Spring brought an abundance of flowers, and the once brown and desolate fields turned verdant and lush.
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"Verdant" is an old word that comes to us from the Latin word "virere." What does "virere" mean?

"Virere"--the Latin verb that is the root of the English word "verdant" --means "to be green." "Virere" made its way from Latin to Old French, where it became "verd" or "vert," meaning "green." Eventually, medieval French speakers created the verb "verdoyer," meaning "to make green." Our English "verdant" was borrowed from a form of "verdoyer." If you can't get enough of the "green stuff," then look for "verdant" in books by Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain.
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