verdigris


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ver·di·gris

 (vûr′dĭ-grēs′, -grĭs′, -grē′)
n.
1. A blue or green powder consisting of basic cupric acetate used as a paint pigment and fungicide.
2. A green patina or crust of copper sulfate or copper chloride formed on copper, brass, and bronze exposed to air or seawater for long periods of time.

[Middle English vertegrez, from Old French verte grez, alteration of vert-de-Grice : verd, green; see verdant + de, of (from Latin ; see de-) + Grice, Greece.]

verdigris

(ˈvɜːdɪɡrɪs)
n
1. (Elements & Compounds) a green or bluish patina formed on copper, brass, or bronze and consisting of a basic salt of copper containing both copper oxide and a copper salt
2. (Elements & Compounds) a green or blue crystalline substance obtained by the action of acetic acid on copper and used as a fungicide and pigment; basic copper acetate
[C14: from Old French vert de Grice green of Greece]

ver•di•gris

(ˈvɜr dɪˌgris, -grɪs)

n.
a green or bluish patina formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time, consisting principally of basic copper sulfate.
[1250–1300; Middle English vertegrez < Old French vere grez green of Greece]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.verdigris - a blue or green powder used as a paint pigment
pigment - dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)
2.verdigris - a green patina that forms on copper or brass or bronze that has been exposed to the air or water for long periods of time
patina - a fine coating of oxide on the surface of a metal
Verb1.verdigris - color verdigris
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
Translations

verdigris

[ˈvɜːdɪgriːs] Nverdete m, cardenillo m

verdigris

nGrünspan m
adj metal, copper, bronzemit Grünspan bedeckt; finish, effectgrünspanig

verdigris

[ˈvɜːdɪgrɪs] nverderame m
References in classic literature ?
And though now nailed amidst all the rustiness of iron bolts and the verdigris of copper spikes, yet, untouchable and immaculate to any foulness, it still preserved its Quito glow.
The pedestal, it appeared to me, was of bronze, and was thick with verdigris.
It contained nothing but a brass lamp, covered with verdigris, and a dusty piece of parchment.
Straight from the ocean's depths rose towering cliffs, shot with brown and blues and greens--withered moss and lichen and the verdigris of copper, and everywhere the rusty ocher of iron pyrites.
With the point of his cutlass Snider scraped the dirt and verdigris from the face of the larger ornament.
Clips and empty cartridges, tarnished with verdigris, lay on the ground, which, while wet, had been torn up by the hoofs of horses.
Above the straight line of the uppermost irrigating ditch, all is brown as on a high road; while all below is of as bright a green as verdigris, from the beds of alfalfa, a kind of clover.
They were all quite green and dull, coated with years of verdigris.
The building boasts a distinctive verdigris copper dome and houses a large, now unused residential apartment on its top floor.
Copper, you see, is prone to attack by verdigris, a greenish deposit which is poisonous.
Inside a copper box, which was green with verdigris, was a solid blob of light green papier-mache, which was probably once a pile of papers, and a penny.
The figures, like many of our statues, are now disfigured by verdigris and need cleaning and conservation to restore them to their original appearance.