What does the word verdure mean?

Usage examples for verdure

  1. The place was admirably suited for concealment, for now little more than his head was above water, and that he had contrived should lie behind a screen of drooping verdure, which made his chilly hiding- place so dark that he could not have been seen twelve inches away. – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  2. Were irrigation suspended, and Egypt abandoned, as in that case it must be, to the operations of nature, there is no doubt that trees, the roots of which penetrate deeply, would in time establish themselves on the deserted soil, fill the valley with verdure, and perhaps at last temper the climate, and even call down abundant rain from the heavens. – The Earth as Modified by Human Action by George P. Marsh
  3. The verdure of the herbage round the place suggested the idea of springs near at hand. – The Eliminator; or, Skeleton Keys to Sacerdotal Secrets by Richard B. Westbrook