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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GREEN

There is a green meadow in the midst, on which rests a broad belt of sunshine.

Along the edge of the green pines and spruce were lavender asters.

That's where our big West is, over that way—isn't it fresh and green and beautiful?

He saw them laughing, flushed, silhouetted against the green, distant trees.

She had changed the bedraggled frock for the green one she had worn the night before.

Among these are rhubarb, cranberries, and green gooseberries.

The retailer is the grocer, the butcher, or the green grocer.

The consequent depth of green malt when loaded is over 10 inches.

The waterless world of stone is not only a garden, but a green forest!

The flash of orange, the blaze of red, the gleam of green, were what she needed.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English grene "green, young, immature, raw," earlier groeni, from West Germanic *gronja- (cf. Old Saxon grani, Old Frisian grene, Old Norse grænn, Danish grøn, Dutch groen, Old High German gruoni, German grün), from PIE root *ghre- "grow" (see grass), through sense of "color of living plants."

Meaning "a field, grassy place" was in Old English. Sense of "of tender age, youthful" is from early 15c.; hence "gullible" (c.1600). The color of jealousy at least since Shakespeare (1596); "Greensleeves," ballad of an inconstant lady-love, is from 1570s. Green light in figurative sense of "permission" is from 1937. Green and red as signals on railways first attested 1883, as nighttime substitutes for semaphore flags. Green beret originally "British commando" is from 1949. Green room "room for actors when not on stage" is from 1701; presumably a well-known one was painted green.

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