greensward

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From green +‎ sward.

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greensward (countable and uncountable, plural greenswards)

  1. A tract of land that is green with grass.
    • 1879, Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club, Volumes 3-4, page 74,
      Ventagladia is also a Latin form of the name Vindogladia, and would, as it seems to me, be a good name for the broad reach of greensward below, above and south of Woodyates' Inn. Gwent gledd would mean the open or unenclosed land of greensward.
    • 1913, Charles Benjamin Purdom, The Garden City: A Study in the Development of a Modern Town, page 258,
      One of the first roads was Norton Way, running from north to south of the town area, and is 60 feet between boundaries, with a 16-foot carriage way of 9-inch slag bottom and 4-inch granite metalling, kerbed with 4-inch pennant kerbing; on either side two 12-foot greenswards and two 10-foot paths; the surface being drained by open ditches in the greensward (Plate VI., No 3).
    • 2015, Colin Fisher, Urban Green: Nature, Recreation, and the Working Class in Industrial Chicago, University of North Carolina Press, page 16,
      He followed much of Olmsted and Vaux's plan, creating features such as South Open Ground, a vast greensward created by thinning out native oaks and shaping tons of soil and animal waste into “pleasing slopes and graceful undulations.”

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