Definition of verditer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvəːdɪtə/


[mass noun]
A light blue or bluish-green pigment, typically prepared by adding chalk or whiting to a solution of copper nitrate, used in making crayons and as a watercolour.
Example sentences
  • In the 19th century, green verditer was used for both distemper and oil based interior house paints.
  • The cheaper alternative of blue verditer was used in the larger and less intense blue areas like the sky.
  • The synthetic pigment, called green verditer, tends to have regularly sized particles with rounded edges.


Of a light blue or bluish-green colour.
Example sentences
  • The tail-feathers are dark olive mixed with verditer green on the upper surface and changing to dull olive-brown.
  • The saddest thing in Kew Palace is neither the verditer green wallpaper with the black flock border, nor the specially woven carpets.


Early 16th century: from Old French verd de terre, literally 'earth green'.

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