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Note 309 – The word verdigris

English: Verdigris. Green pigment caused by th...

Image via Wikipedia (Author: Richard Webb)

My dad plays the trumpet and in one of his music books it told him about a substance called verdigris which can form in trumpets or any brass instruments. This image found on Wikipedia (author Richard Webb) shows this green pigment caused by the corrosion of the copper in the bronze. You may also have seen it on old coins. As I like learning the origin and meaning of words, I decided to do a bit of googling to find out more about it.

According to Wikipedia, verdigris is “the common name for a green pigment” that is found on things like copper and brass. explain that verdigris originates from ‘vert de gris’ (Middle French 1250–1300). has written a blog about this word and explain that corrosion occurs when the surface is exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time.  They give’s description of verdigris which is “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* “.

(*Note: As I was unsure if the spelling of sulfate was correct in the previous sentence, tomorrow’s blog will be about sulfate v sulphate)

That’s all for today

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


2 thoughts on “Note 309 – The word verdigris

  1. It was years before I realised that you pronounce this word with a silent ‘s’ lol


    Posted by Vikki (The View Outside) | March 5, 2012, 7:52 am


  1. Pingback: Note 310 – Comparing sulphate and sulfate « My writing challenge - March 5, 2012

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