Definition of verdigris in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvəːdɪɡriː/
Pronunciation: /ˈvəːdɪɡriːs/


[mass noun]
A bright bluish-green encrustation or patina formed on copper or brass by atmospheric oxidation, consisting of basic copper carbonate.
Example sentences
  • Finishes range from antique brass and antique copper to bright brass, black and verdigris.
  • True verdigris is actually a coating of cupric carbonate formed by weathering on copper, brass and bronze from age.
  • Over the next few seasons the high sheen would fade, gradually achieving that beautiful, soft verdigris of aged copper.


Middle English: from Old French verte-gres, earlier vert de Grece 'green of Greece'.

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