Todays Word: ” verdigris”

Todays Word: verdigris


(VUHR-di-grees, -gris, -gree)


noun: A bluish-green patina formed on copper, brass, and bronze when exposed to air or water for a long time.


From Old French verte grez (green of Greece). It was earlier used as a pigment by artists. The Greek connection is not clear. Earliest documented use: 1336.


“The time capsule, made of copper, showed the verdigris of age.”
Jacqueline L. Urgo; Time Capsule Reveals 1936 Atlantic City; The Philadelphia Inquirer; Jul 14, 2010.

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