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[gree-nuh-ree] /ˈgri nə ri/
noun, plural greeneries for 2.
green foliage or vegetation; verdure.
a place where green plants are grown or kept.
Origin of greenery
1790-1800; green + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Had she been able, she would have carried all the greenery of the garden away with her between her teeth.

  • It is a nest of greenery in the midst of a tangle of brushwood.

  • The high banks, not then demolished by grades, were smothered in greenery and hung with banners of bloom every succeeding season.

    Blazing The Way Emily Inez Denny
  • He next replaced the greenery torn from the spot where the peg rested.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • The greenery and the high presences of the trees surrounded her as if they stood forth at her coming.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
  • Emerging from a lock came a bower of greenery rather than a steamer.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • It is the falling acorn buds the tree, The falling rain that bears the greenery, The fern-plants moulder when the ferns arise.

    Mysticism in English Literature Caroline F. E. Spurgeon
  • She put her free hand to her eyes, scanning the wall of greenery in all directions.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
British Dictionary definitions for greenery


noun (pl) -ries
green foliage or vegetation, esp when used for decoration
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for greenery

1797, from green + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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