This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Viridescent Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule.

Viridescent Words

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Viridescent Words™,Not Viridescent Words™
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    $\begingroup$ At first I though "Viridescent Word" is a word I don't understand, but "Email" didn't fit in. $\endgroup$ – Marius Sep 8 '16 at 13:51
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    $\begingroup$ Nice puzzle! Headers enrage valet Emile. Avert aldermen. Appeal adverse, treacherous eclat, alate delta voter! $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Sep 8 '16 at 15:34
  • $\begingroup$ @MOehm Testing it out? $\endgroup$ – dcfyj Sep 8 '16 at 15:36
  • $\begingroup$ Let's just say the puzzle left me in a good mood. I also think the non-viridescent parts could be put to good use. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Sep 8 '16 at 15:37

Answer with the help of @Will, @M Oehm, @Glorfindel and me (Maria Deleva) :

Viridescent words contain shades of green plus one excess letter.
Extra viridescent words contain at least two shades of green.
Palped - apple
Fancy - cyan
Remedial - emerald, lime
Email -> lime
Hemiacetal - malachite, lime, teal
Enrage - green
Stamina - mantis, mint
Matin - mint
Violet - olive
Aphoristic - pistachio
Lathe - teal
Soubriquet = turquoise
Indinavir = viridian
Trove - vert (@RadoslavHristov)

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    $\begingroup$ aphoristic = pistachio? $\endgroup$ – Will Sep 8 '16 at 13:34
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    $\begingroup$ Remedial also contains a green type of gem (leave the i out). $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Sep 8 '16 at 13:34
  • $\begingroup$ Hemiacetal contains a mineral too, btw $\endgroup$ – Will Sep 8 '16 at 13:35
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    $\begingroup$ And in each case it seems you only need to remove 1 letter (except for the 'extra' ones). $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Sep 8 '16 at 13:35
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    $\begingroup$ In what world is cyan a shade of green? Cyan is clearly blue. Turquoise too. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Sep 8 '16 at 14:04

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