Pronounced: in-HERE, verb

Notes: You might be able to guess this one, even if you don’t know it

Yesterday’s word

The word viridescent means “slightly green; greenish”

First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

If you take off the ‘v’, you get iridescent, which means something that shows varied, lustrous colors rather like a rainbow. So, that was all I could see. However, I should have been able to guess that this was related to the color green. Our word comes from the Late Latin word viridēscent, from viridēscēns, the present participle of viridēscere (to become green), which has a root of viridis (green).

Published by Richard

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