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).
    • 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World[1]:
      From the pools of blood and the enormous lumps of flesh scattered in every direction over the green sward we imagined at first that a number of animals had been killed, but on examining the remains more closely we discovered that all this carnage came from one of these unwieldy monsters, which had been literally torn to pieces by some creature not larger, perhaps, but far more ferocious, than itself.
    • 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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