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[gree-nish] /ˈgri nɪʃ/
somewhat green; having a tinge of green.
Origin of greenish
1350-1400; Middle English; see green, -ish1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Thus the idea that the greenish parts are seas had to be quite given up, though it appeared so attractive.

  • He seemed to have a greenish tint like a corpse putrefying in a pond.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • They go up it side by side, a hundred and fifty yards apart, with a greenish No Man's Land between them.

    The Old Front Line John Masefield
  • On the evening in question he was dressed in a coat and trousers of greenish corduroy.

  • Most of the sapphires found in the river gravels near Helena, Mont., are greenish blue or of other colors, and not of fine blue.

  • The flowers of the vanilla are of a greenish yellow, touched here and there with white.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • Further, the leaves, which are seriously bitten into, are reduced to tatters and soiled with little heaps of greenish ordure.

  • About the cylinder were three bands of greenish, glistening metal.

    The Pygmy Planet John Stewart Williamson
Word Origin and History for greenish

late 14c., from green + -ish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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