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green earth

a pigment used in painting consisting mainly of iron silicate, characterized chiefly by its variable grayish-green hue, lack of tinting strength, and permanence.
Also called terra verde.
Origin of green earth
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Nothing better than an American citizen on God's green earth.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • In God's green earth, what do you know of disillusionment, child?

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • The leech looked like a field of lava now, a blasted spot on the green earth.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • For us she is lady of night and of day, of sun and sky and the green earth.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • Or into any other house on God's green earth, for that matter, if she tried to do so?

    The Last Woman

    Ross Beeckman
  • And for heavens and green earth, she had a chair and a desk.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • I want to be upon the green earth,—the grass,—amongst the fields.

  • It was but a step for the gods from the blue arch to the green earth.

  • I am the vilest wretch that ever disgraced the face of this green earth.

    The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner

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