greenwood

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From green +‎ wood.

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Noun[edit]

greenwood (plural greenwoods)

  1. A forest in full leaf, as in summer.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare, Under the Greenwood Tree:
      Under the greenwood tree / Who loves to lie with me / And tune his merry note / Unto the sweet bird’s throat — / Come hither, come hither, come hither! / Here shall he see / No enemy / But winter and rough weather.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      We who walk the greenwood do many a wild deed, and the Lady Rowena’s deliverance may be received as an atonement.

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