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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
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Neither when lying to nor scudding has she ever shipped a green sea.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Down they went into the deep, green sea, and then up into the blue.

  • No roughness was found either in the channel or the green sea.

    Abandoned Jules Verne
  • He lingers and lingers on the margin of that green sea of forest.

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

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • What shall I say but that it was itself a sea, a green sea, a fresh sea?

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • The green sea is on the one hand, the yellow stubble on the other.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • Then we push out upon the green sea to a brown island: the village of Zer'n, the ancient Jezreel.

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

    Titanic Filson Young
  • 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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