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[gree-nish] /ˈgri nɪʃ/
somewhat green; having a tinge of green.
Origin of greenish
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at green, -ish1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On the evening in question he was dressed in a coat and trousers of greenish corduroy.

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

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The leader of the greenish men paused in mid-leap, clawing at his stomach.

    The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg
  • The greenish margin and purplish center will mark the plant.

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

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • About the cylinder were three bands of greenish, glistening metal.

    The Pygmy Planet John Stewart Williamson
  • One and a half to three inches high; greenish with brown hollows.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • In looking up the subject, myself, I have read only of greenish nostoc.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
Word Origin and History for greenish

late 14c., from green + -ish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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