2. [syn: green snake, grass snake]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
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.
2. Having a sickly color; wan.
To look so green and pale. --Shak.
3. Full of life and vigor; fresh and vigorous; new; recent;
as, a green manhood; a green wound.
As valid against such an old and beneficent
government as against . . . the greenest usurpation.
4. Not ripe; immature; not fully grown or ripened; as, green
fruit, corn, vegetables, etc.
5. Not roasted; half raw. [R.]
We say the meat is green when half roasted. --L.
6. Immature in age, judgment, or experience; inexperienced;
young; raw; not trained; awkward; as, green in years or
I might be angry with the officious zeal which
supposes that its green conceptions can instruct my
gray hairs. --Sir W.
7. Not seasoned; not dry; containing its natural juices; as,
green wood, timber, etc. --Shak.
8. (Politics) Concerned especially with protection of the
enviroment; -- of political parties and political
philosophies; as, the European green parties.
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 (Zool.), the pollock.
Green crab (Zool.), an edible, shore crab (Carcinus
menas) of Europe and America; -- in New England locally
Green crop, a crop used for food while in a growing or
unripe state, as distingushed from a grain crop, root
Green diallage. (Min.)
(a) Diallage, a variety of pyroxene.
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.
(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 (Zool.), any green species of plant lice or
aphids, esp. those that infest greenhouse plants.
Green gage, (Bot.) See Greengage, in the Vocabulary.
Green gland (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), the greenfinch.
Green looper (Zool.), the cankerworm.
Green marble (Min.), serpentine.
Green mineral, a carbonate of copper, used as a pigment.
Green monkey (Zool.) 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
Green salt of Magnus (Old Chem.), a dark green crystalline
salt, consisting of ammonia united with certain chlorides
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
Green sickness (Med.), chlorosis.
Green snake (Zool.), one of two harmless American snakes
(Cyclophis vernalis, and C. [ae]stivus). They are
bright green in color.
Green turtle (Zool.), an edible marine turtle. See
(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
Green ware, articles of pottery molded and shaped, but not
Green woodpecker (Zool.), a common European woodpecker
(Picus viridis); -- called also yaffle.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Snake \Snake\, n. [AS. snaca; akin to LG. snake, schnake, Icel.
sn[=a]kr, sn?kr, Dan. snog, Sw. snok; of uncertain origin.]
Any species of the order Ophidia; an ophidian; a serpent,
whether harmless or venomous. See Ophidia, and Serpent.
Note: Snakes are abundant in all warm countries, and much the
larger number are harmless to man.
Blind snake, Garter snake, Green snake, King snake,
Milk snake, Rock snake, Water snake, etc. See under
Blind, Garter, etc.
Fetich snake (Zool.), a large African snake (Python
Sebae) used by the natives as a fetich.
Ringed snake (Zool.), a common European columbrine snake
Snake eater. (Zool.)
(a) The markhoor.
(b) The secretary bird.
Snake fence, a worm fence (which see). [U.S.]
Snake fly (Zool.), any one of several species of
neuropterous insects of the genus Rhaphidia; -- so
called because of their large head and elongated neck and
Snake gourd (Bot.), a cucurbitaceous plant (Trichosanthes
anguina) having the fruit shorter and less snakelike than
that of the serpent cucumber.
Snake killer. (Zool.)
(a) The secretary bird.
(b) The chaparral cock.
Snake moss (Bot.), the common club moss (Lycopodium
clavatum). See Lycopodium.
Snake nut (Bot.), the fruit of a sapindaceous tree
(Ophiocaryon paradoxum) of Guiana, the embryo of which
resembles a snake coiled up.
Tree snake (Zool.), any one of numerous species of
colubrine snakes which habitually live in trees,
especially those of the genus Dendrophis and allied
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: any of numerous African colubrid snakes
2: either of two North American chiefly insectivorous snakes
that are green in color [syn: green snake, grass snake]