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green sea

noun, Nautical.
a solid mass of water breaking over the bow or bulwark of a ship.
Origin of green sea
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • What shall I say but that it was itself a sea, a green sea, a fresh sea?

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • Down they went into the deep, green sea, and then up into the blue.

  • In the water floats a corpse (a beautiful head) and a green sea and atmosphere envelops all this dismal group.

    The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He lingers and lingers on the margin of that green sea of forest.

  • The saplings were scarcely six feet in height, so that an extra tall man could look over the green sea of vegetation.

    The Solitary Farm Fergus Hume
  • The green sea is on the one hand, the yellow stubble on the other.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • It reached the forest, and spread an unshimmering sheen over it, like the silver calm on a green sea.

  • Eighty feet below her the black slaves are working in a fiery pit; ten feet below them is the green sea.

    Titanic Filson Young
  • One of them was lost in the bay, being whelmed by a green sea.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • They flew over the garden toward the woods, whose tree-tops were waving in the distance like the swell of a green sea.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden

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