green-thumb

green thumb

noun
an exceptional aptitude for gardening or for growing plants successfully: Houseplants provide much pleasure for the city dweller with a green thumb.

Origin:
1940–45

green-thumbed, adjective
green-thumber, noun
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green thumb
 
n
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): green fingers considerable talent or ability to grow plants

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green thumb definition


A knack for growing plants and keeping them healthy: “All my houseplants are in sorry shape; it's clear I don't have a green thumb.”

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