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greenness

[green-nis] /ˈgrin nɪs/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being green.
2.
green vegetation, grass, or the like; verdure or verdancy.
3.
lack of maturity or experience; youthfulness.
4.
the state or quality of being naive; innocence; gullibility.
Origin of greenness
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English grēnnes. See green, -ness
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n.

Old English grennes; see green + -ness. Meaning "immaturity" is from early 15c. Walpole coined greenth (1753) in the same sense.

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