Green earth
Green Green (gr[=e]n), a. [Compar. {Greener} (gr[=e]n"[~e]r); superl. {Greenest.}] [OE. grene, AS. gr[=e]ne; akin to D. groen, OS. gr[=o]ni, OHG. gruoni, G. gr["u]n, Dan. & Sw. gr["o]n, Icel. gr[ae]nn; fr. the root of E. grow. See {Grow.}] 1. Having the color of grass when fresh and growing; resembling that color of the solar spectrum which is between the yellow and the blue; verdant; emerald. [1913 Webster]

2. Having a sickly color; wan. [1913 Webster]

To look so green and pale. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Full of life and vigor; fresh and vigorous; new; recent; as, a green manhood; a green wound. [1913 Webster]

As valid against such an old and beneficent government as against . . . the greenest usurpation. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

4. Not ripe; immature; not fully grown or ripened; as, green fruit, corn, vegetables, etc. [1913 Webster]

5. Not roasted; half raw. [R.] [1913 Webster]

We say the meat is green when half roasted. --L. Watts. [1913 Webster]

6. Immature in age, judgment, or experience; inexperienced; young; raw; not trained; awkward; as, green in years or judgment. [1913 Webster]

I might be angry with the officious zeal which supposes that its green conceptions can instruct my gray hairs. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

7. Not seasoned; not dry; containing its natural juices; as, green wood, timber, etc. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

8. (Politics) Concerned especially with protection of the enviroment; -- of political parties and political philosophies; as, the European green parties. [PJC]

{Green brier} (Bot.), a thorny climbing shrub ({Emilaz rotundifolia}) having a yellowish green stem and thick leaves, with small clusters of flowers, common in the United States; -- called also {cat brier}.

{Green con} (Zo["o]l.), the pollock.

{Green crab} (Zo["o]l.), an edible, shore crab ({Carcinus menas}) of Europe and America; -- in New England locally named {joe-rocker}.

{Green crop}, a crop used for food while in a growing or unripe state, as distingushed from a grain crop, root crop, etc.

{Green diallage}. (Min.) (a) Diallage, a variety of pyroxene. (b) Smaragdite.

{Green dragon} (Bot.), a North American herbaceous plant ({Aris[ae]ma Dracontium}), resembling the Indian turnip; -- called also {dragon root}.

{Green earth} (Min.), a variety of glauconite, found in cavities in amygdaloid and other eruptive rock, and used as a pigment by artists; -- called also {mountain green}.

{Green ebony}. (a) A south American tree ({Jacaranda ovalifolia}), having a greenish wood, used for rulers, turned and inlaid work, and in dyeing. (b) The West Indian green ebony. See {Ebony}.

{Green fire} (Pyrotech.), a composition which burns with a green flame. It consists of sulphur and potassium chlorate, with some salt of barium (usually the nitrate), to which the color of the flame is due.

{Green fly} (Zo["o]l.), any green species of plant lice or aphids, esp. those that infest greenhouse plants.

{Green gage}, (Bot.) See {Greengage}, in the Vocabulary.

{Green gland} (Zo["o]l.), one of a pair of large green glands in Crustacea, supposed to serve as kidneys. They have their outlets at the bases of the larger antenn[ae].

{Green hand}, a novice. [Colloq.]

{Green heart} (Bot.), the wood of a lauraceous tree found in the West Indies and in South America, used for shipbuilding or turnery. The green heart of Jamaica and Guiana is the {Nectandra Rodi[oe]i}, that of Martinique is the {Colubrina ferruginosa}.

{Green iron ore} (Min.) dufrenite.

{Green laver} (Bot.), an edible seaweed ({Ulva latissima}); -- called also {green sloke}.

{Green lead ore} (Min.), pyromorphite.

{Green linnet} (Zo["o]l.), the greenfinch.

{Green looper} (Zo["o]l.), the cankerworm.

{Green marble} (Min.), serpentine.

{Green mineral}, a carbonate of copper, used as a pigment. See {Greengill}.

{Green monkey} (Zo["o]l.) a West African long-tailed monkey ({Cercopithecus callitrichus}), very commonly tamed, and trained to perform tricks. It was introduced into the West Indies early in the last century, and has become very abundant there.

{Green salt of Magnus} (Old Chem.), a dark green crystalline salt, consisting of ammonia united with certain chlorides of platinum.

{Green sand} (Founding) molding sand used for a mold while slightly damp, and not dried before the cast is made.

{Green sea} (Naut.), a wave that breaks in a solid mass on a vessel's deck.

{Green sickness} (Med.), chlorosis.

{Green snake} (Zo["o]l.), one of two harmless American snakes ({Cyclophis vernalis}, and {C. [ae]stivus}). They are bright green in color.

{Green turtle} (Zo["o]l.), an edible marine turtle. See {Turtle}.

{Green vitriol}. (a) (Chem.) Sulphate of iron; a light green crystalline substance, very extensively used in the preparation of inks, dyes, mordants, etc. (b) (Min.) Same as {copperas}, {melanterite} and {sulphate of iron}.

{Green ware}, articles of pottery molded and shaped, but not yet baked.

{Green woodpecker} (Zo["o]l.), a common European woodpecker ({Picus viridis}); -- called also {yaffle}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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