green sickness

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹiːn ˌsɪknəs/


green sickness (uncountable)

  1. A disease characterised by a greenish tint to the skin; chlorosis. [from 16th c.]
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 35:
      She died of cirrhosis, brain fever, consumption and green sickness before she reached twenty.
  2. With reference to the abnormal appetite associated with such a disease; pica. [from 16th c.]

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