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[shahr-trooz, -troos; French shar-trœz]
an aromatic liqueur, usually yellow or green, made by the Carthusian monks at Grenoble, France, and, at one time, at Tarragona, Spain.
(lowercase) a clear, light green with a yellowish tinge.
(lowercase) of the color chartreuse.

1865–70; < French, after La Grande Chartreuse, Carthusian monastery near Grenoble, where the liqueur is made Unabridged
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chartreuse (ʃɑːˈtrɜːz, French ʃartrøz)
1.  either of two liqueurs, green or yellow, made from herbs and flowers
2.  a.  a colour varying from a clear yellowish-green to a strong greenish-yellow
 b.  (as adjective): a chartreuse dress
[C19: from French, after La Grande Chartreuse, monastery near Grenoble, where the liqueur is produced]

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Word Origin & History

type of liqueur, 1866, from monastery of Carthusian order, which was founded 11c. and named for the massif de la Chartreuse (M.L. Carthusianus) mountain group in the Fr. Alps, where its first monastery was built. The liqueur recipe dates from early 17c.; the original now marketed as Les Pères
Chartreux. The color (1884) is so called from resemblance to the pale apple-green hue of the best type of the liqueur.
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