Noun Verdigris Definition and Examples







A bright bluish-green encrustation or patina formed on copper or brass by atmospheric oxidation, consisting of basic copper carbonate.
  1. 'True verdigris is actually a coating of cupric carbonate formed by weathering on copper, brass and bronze from age.'
  2. 'Finishes range from antique brass and antique copper to bright brass, black and verdigris.'
  3. 'Over the next few seasons the high sheen would fade, gradually achieving that beautiful, soft verdigris of aged copper.'
  4. 'Washington's last renovation to the room occurred in 1787 when he ordered the walls to be painted a bright verdigris green.'
((n.) A green poisonous substance used as a pigment and drug, obtained by the action of acetic acid on copper, and consisting essentially of a complex mixture of several basic copper acetates.|--|(n.) The green rust formed on copper.|--|)


1. a green or bluish patina formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time, consisting principally of basic copper sulfate.


"There can be verdigris effects."
"There can be verdigris colours."
"There can be verdigris candlesticks."
"gangrenes can have verdigrises."

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

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