Tuesday, December 29, 2009

word of the day [a day late] :: verdure


1. greenness, esp. of fresh, flourishing vegetation.
2. green vegetation, esp. grass or herbage.
3. freshness in general; flourishing condition; vigor.

1250-1300; ME < MF, equiv. to verd green (see VERT) + -ure

"'Society is like a lawn where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface." (Washington Irving)

* Definition from www.dictionary.com

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