Share this entry
terre verte Syllabification: terre verte
Pronunciation: /ˌter ˈvert/

Definition of terre verte in English:


A grayish-green pigment made from glauconite and used especially for watercolors and tempera. Also called green earth.
Example sentences
  • Burnt umber, terre verte, red ochre, red lake and burnt sienna were identified in several places.
  • Dilg builds up the paint around the drawing in a narrow range of relatively cool hues running from terre verte to taupe and teal.
  • Shades of green encompassed my vision: dusty olive, sparkling emerald, brilliant chartreuse, rich terre verte.


Mid 17th century: French, literally 'green earth'.

Definition of terre verte in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources