Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Green or slightly green.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a greenish hue; becoming somewhat green in color.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Slightly green; greenish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Slightly green; greenish.

Etymologies

Late Latin viridēscēns, viridēscent-, present participle of viridēscere, to become green, from Latin viridis, green; see virid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
C 1850 from Late Latin viridescens, present participle of viridescere; see virescent (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Two green hairstreak butterflies, gracefully viridescent, dance past on a soft wind that sifts through reeds, sets waving the tall golden flower stems of bog asphodel, and silky white plumes of cottongrass that has colonised the old peat-diggings.

    Country diary: Tregaron, Ceredigon

  • At dawn that morning, the truck driver had pulled up in the fourteen-wheeler to a grassy clearing on the north bank of the Tana River, where crocodiles skulked in typhoidal water in the viridescent shadow of mangrove trees.

    Peace Meals

  • Always wanting the greener grass in the past or the future, even though we're standing on the lushest, viridescent field we've ever seen?

    mrbradley Diary Entry

  • The tea menu is a tiny piece of delight, with descriptions that blithely use words like "velutinous" and "viridescent" and "vegetal" to describe their oolongs and whites and blacks.

    surrounded by books

  • They were viridescent, almost metallic hued — verd-antique.

    The Moon Pool

  • The promontory on which Sorrento stands is barren enough, but southward rise pleasant cliffs viridescent with samphire, and beyond them purple hills dotted with white spots of houses.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • They seemed to taint the lower atmosphere with their glow, so that it did not surprise Gren to see cloud bars of viridescent hue, striping the sky.

    HOTHOUSE

  • They were made of every one of the light, hard, ornamental substances: glittering glassein, the colorful but opaque Ordine plastic, viridescent magnesitic berylium.

    The Weapon Shops of Isher

  • I met with Sarcostemma ciliatum; Wall.? petalis extus viridescent, intus ciliisque purpuro sanguinies, but it is rare.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

  • The viridescent ribbon of the Thames bound bridge to bridge running thematically through a symphony of grey and green and gold.

    The Orchard of Tears

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