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Syllabification: vir·i·des·cent
Pronunciation: /ˌvirəˈdes(ə)nt

Definition of viridescent in English:


Greenish or becoming green.
Example sentences
  • Meanwhile, beyond the village peripheries, the Welsh hills were getting greener and greener - that iridescent, viridescent green that looks so wonderful on sunny days.
  • New shoots of young grass come up green - a vivid viridescent I have seen nowhere in America or Europe.
  • Evoking images of viridescent dragon scales, the pointed, blue-green leaves create a compact, deer-proof assemblage that's infused with reddish purple tinges.


mid 19th century: from late Latin viridescent- 'becoming green', from the verb viridescere, from Latin viridis 'green'.



Example sentences
  • They were cities of leaves./I would lie under them/and my eyes would rise/buoyed up and surfeited/in immense rustling viridescence.
  • The swill of rain water and leaves of lapsed viridescence swashed onto the lip of the pavement.

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