Word of the Day – Viridescent

By September 25, 2020Word of the Day

Viridescent (adj) (literary)


Greenish or becoming green.

Mid 19th century from late Latin viridescent- ‘becoming green’, from the verb viridescere, from Latin viridis ‘green’.

Example sentences

“The viridescent birdbath stood as a sign of the neglect.”

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