prasine

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Etymology[edit]

From a combination of Anglo-Norman prame, Middle French prame (from Late Latin prasinus) and Middle French prasine (from Late Latin prasinum), both ultimately from Latin prasinus (leek-green), from Ancient Greek πράσινος (prásinos), from πράσον (práson, leek).

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Noun[edit]

prasine (plural prasines)

  1. (obsolete) A green gem; an emerald. [14th-16th c.]
  2. (obsolete) A type of green pigment. [14th-17th c.]
  3. (mineralogy) Pseudomalachite. [from 19th c.]
    • 1864, Chemical News, 5 Nov 1864:
      It is possible that just as chrysocolla is silicated malachite, so prasine is phosphated malachite; the physical appearance of these minerals strongly confirms this view.

Adjective[edit]

prasine (comparative more prasine, superlative most prasine)

  1. (now rare) Leek-green. [from 14th c.]
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 284:
      He recalled, in passing, the sweetness in his lap, her round little bottom, her prasine eyes as she turned toward him and the receding road.

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

prasine

  1. vocative masculine singular of prasinus