green

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English[edit]

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Various shades of green

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English grene, from Old English grēne, from Proto-Germanic *grōniz (compare West Frisian grien, Dutch groen, Low German grön, green, greun, German grün, Swedish grön Danish grøn), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrōni- (compare Old Church Slavonic грань (granĭ, branch)), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰreh₁ (to grow). More at grow.

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green (comparative greener, superlative greenest)

  1. Having green as its color.
    The former flag of Libya is completely green.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, The Celebrity:
      The day was cool and snappy for August, and the Rise all green with a lavish nature. Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: [] .
  2. (figuratively) Of people.
    1. Sickly, unwell.
      Sally looks pretty green — is she going to be sick?
    2. Inexperienced.
      John's kind of green, so take it easy on him this first week.
      • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
        I might be angry with the officious zeal which supposes that its green conceptions can instruct my grey hairs.
    3. Naïve or unaware of obvious facts.
    4. Overcome with envy.
      He was green with envy.
  3. Environmentally friendly.
    Let's buy green copier paper for the office.
    • 2013 May 10, Audrey Garric, “Urban canopies let nature bloom”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 22, page 30: 
      As towns continue to grow, replanting vegetation has become a form of urban utopia and green roofs are spreading fast. Last year 1m square metres of plant-covered roofing was built in France, as much as in the US, and 10 times more than in Germany, the pioneer in this field.
  4. (figuratively) Of things.
    1. (cricket) Describing a pitch which, even if there is no visible grass, still contains a significant amount of moisture.
    2. (dated) Of bacon or similar smallgoods, unprocessed, raw, unsmoked; not smoked or spiced.[1]
    3. (dated) Not fully roasted; half raw.
      • Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
        We say the meat is green when half roasted.
    4. Unripe, said of certain fruits that change color when they ripen.
    5. Of freshly cut wood or lumber that has not been dried, containing moisture and therefore relatively more flexible or springy.
      That timber is still too green to be used.
      (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  5. (wine) High or too high in acidity.
  6. Full of life and vigour; fresh and vigorous; new; recent.
    a green manhood;   a green wound
    • Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
      as valid against such an old and beneficent government as against [] the greenest usurpation

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  1. ^ “unsmoked bacon used to be called green bacon, though the term is losing currency” Delia Online: Bacon, including gammon

Noun[edit]

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green (plural greens)

  1. The colour of growing foliage, as well as other plant cells containing chlorophyll; the colour between yellow and blue in the visible spectrum; one of the primary additive colour for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and blue from white light using cyan and yellow filters.
    green colour:    
  2. (politics, sometimes capitalised) A member of a green party; an environmentalist.
  3. (golf) A putting green, the part of a golf course near the hole.
  4. (bowls) The surface upon which bowls is played.
  5. (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 3 points.
  6. (UK) a public patch of land in the middle of a settlement.
  7. A grassy plain; a piece of ground covered with verdant herbage.
    • Milton
      o'er the smooth enamelled green
  8. (chiefly in the plural) Fresh leaves or branches of trees or other plants; wreaths.
    • Alexander Pope
      In that soft season when descending showers / Call forth the greens, and wake the rising flowers.
  9. Any substance or pigment of a green colour.
  10. (UK, slang, uncountable) marijuana.
  11. (US, uncountable) Money.

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green (third-person singular simple present greens, present participle greening, simple past and past participle greened)

  1. (transitive) To make (something) green, to turn (something) green.
    • Thomson
      Great spring before greened all the year.
  2. To become or grow green in colour.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Tennyson to this entry?)
    By greening slope and singing flood. — Whittier.
  3. (transitive) To add greenspaces to (a town).
  4. (intransitive) To become environmentally aware.
  5. (transitive) To make (something) environmentally friendly.

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  • (make (something) green): engreen

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Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English green.

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green m

  1. (slang, golf) green (a putting green; the part of a golf course near the hole)

Usage notes[edit]

Although the official term for the green is jamkoviště, it is rarely used in practice. Instead, unofficial Czech versions of the English word green, variously spelled green, grýn, and grín, are used in practice.[1]

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  1. ^ Golf Club Hradec Králové, Jan. 6, 2010

Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

green c (definite singular greenen, indefinite plural greens, definite plural greenene)

  1. (golf) a green, putting green (the closely mown area surrounding each hole on a golf course)

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green

  1. (Low Prussian) green

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

green m (definite singular greenen, indefinite plural greener, definite plural greenene)

  1. (golf) a green, putting green (the closely mown area surrounding each hole on a golf course)

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Noun[edit]

green m (definite singular greenen, indefinite plural greenar, definite plural greenane)

  1. (golf) a green or putting green (the closely mown area surrounding each hole on a golf course)

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

green c (definite singular greenen, indefinite plural greener, definite plural greenerna)

  1. (golf) a green, putting green (the closely mown area around a hole on a golf course)