- a green or greenish-blue poisonous compound, a basic acetate of copper, prepared by treating copper with acetic acid and used as a pigment, dye, etc.
- a green or greenish-blue coating (false verdigris) that forms like rust on brass, bronze, or copper
Origin of verdigrisMiddle English vertegrez ; from Middle French verdegris ; from Old French vert de Grece, literally , green of Greece ; from verd, green (see vert) + de, of + Grece, Greece
- A blue or green powder consisting of basic cupric acetate used as a paint pigment and fungicide.
- 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.
Origin of verdigrisMiddle English vertegrez, from Old French verte grez, alteration of vert-de-Grice : verd, green; see verdant + de, of (from Latin d&emacron;; see de–) + Grice, Greece.
detail of a bronze equestrian statue of Joan of Arc in Meridian Hill Park, Washington, DC
(countable and uncountable, plural verdigrises)
(third-person singular simple present verdigrises, present participle verdigrising, simple past and past participle verdigrised)
- To cover, or coat, with verdigris.
- An old verdigrised brass bugle. "” Hawthorne.
From french vert-de-gris.