green ADJECTIVE 1) of the colour between blue and yellow in the spectrum; coloured like grass. 2) covered with grass or other vegetation. 3) (Green) concerned with or supporting protection of the environment. 4) (of a plant or fruit) young or unripe. 5) in an untreated or original state; not cured, seasoned, fired, etc. 6) inexperienced or naive. 7) pale and sickly-looking.
NOUN 1) green colour, pigment, or material. 2) a piece of common grassy land, especially in the centre of a village. 3) an area of smooth, very short grass immediately surrounding a hole on a golf course. 4) (greens) green vegetables. 5) (Green) a member or supporter of an environmentalist group or party.
VERB 1) make or become green. 2) make less harmful to the environment.
DERIVATIVES greenish adjective greenness noun.
ORIGIN Old English, related to GRASS(Cf. ↑grass) and GROW(Cf. ↑grower).

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