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green flash

a green coloration of the upper portion of the sun, caused by atmospheric refraction and occasionally seen as the sun rises above or sinks below the horizon.
Origin of green flash
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "The green flash is a sort of a death ray," he summed up, aloud.

  • My brother, keeping watch beside the women in the chaise in a meadow, saw the green flash of it far beyond the hills.

    The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
  • The green flash of the second hour past midnight bathed the city in its split-second lurid glare.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
  • His mind returned again to the riddles that confronted him: the green flash and the strange mechanism on the peak.

  • Quite suddenly I saw everything green for a second, and then everything went out in a green flash.

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • This green flash, the suddenness of it, the absence of pain—she says she feels perfectly well.

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • They saw a green flash stream through the water, and the next moment the model had crumbled to pieces and sank.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
British Dictionary definitions for green flash

green flash

(astronomy) a flash of bright green light sometimes seen as the sun passes below the horizon, caused by a combination of the dispersion, scattering, and refraction of light
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