Also, green around the gills. Looking ill or nauseated, as in After that bumpy ride she looked quite green about the gills. The use of green to describe an ailing person’s complexion dates from about 1300, and gills has referred to the flesh around human jaws and ears since the 1600s. Although in the 1800s white and yellow were paired with gills to suggest illness, the alliterative green has survived them.
[green] /grin/ adjective, greener, greenest. 1. of the color of growing foliage, between yellow and blue in the spectrum: green leaves. 2. covered with herbage or foliage; verdant: green fields. 3. characterized by the presence of verdure. 4. made of green vegetables, as lettuce, spinach, endive, or chicory: a green salad. 5. not fully developed […]
plural noun 1. any grass-green, chiefly freshwater algae of the phylum Chlorophyta, often growing on wet rocks, damp wood, or on the surface of stagnant water. plural noun 1. the algae of the phylum Chlorophyta, which possess the green pigment chlorophyll. The group includes sea lettuce and spirogyra
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Related Terms sure as god made little green apples
adjective New and inexperienced; callow; green: I spent thirty-four months havin’ green-ass corporals chew me up (1940s+)