Verdant Ver"dant, a. [F. verdoyant, p. pr. of verdoyer to be verdant, to grow green, OF. verdoier, verdeier, fr. verd, vert, green, fr. L. viridis green, fr. virere to be green: cf. OF. verdant verdant, L. viridans, p. pr. of viridare to make green. Cf. {Farthingale}, {Verjuice}, {Vert}.] 1. Covered with growing plants or grass; green; fresh; flourishing; as, verdant fields; a verdant lawn. [1913 Webster]

Let the earth Put forth the verdant grass. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Unripe in knowledge or judgment; unsophisticated; raw; green; as, a verdant youth. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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