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Topic: NATURE

Language: Old English
Origin: grene

green

1 adjective
     
green1 S1 W2
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colour

CC having the colour of grass or leaves:
beautiful green eyes
Raw coffee beans are green in colour.
dark/light/pale/bright green
a dark green dress
bottle green, lime green

; ➔ olive green

at olive (3), pea green
2

grassy

DN covered with grass, trees, bushes etc:
green fields
3

fruit/plant

HBPDF not yet ready to be eaten, or very young:
The bananas are still green.
tiny green shoots of new grass
4

environment

a) also Green [only before noun] connected with the environment or its protection:
green issues such as the greenhouse effect and global warming
He was an early champion of green politics.
b) harming the environment as little as possible:
We need to develop greener cleaning products.
5

without experience

informal young and lacking experience [= naive]:
I was pretty green then; I had a lot of things to learn.
6

ill

informal looking pale and unhealthy because you are ill:
George looked a bit green the next morning.
look green about/around the gills (=look pale and ill)
7

green with envy

wishing very much that you had something that someone else has
8

the green-eyed monster

literary jealousy - often used humorously
9

have green fingers

British English have a green thumb American English to be good at making plants grow
10

the green stuff

American English informal money
greenness noun [uncountable]
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