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greensward

[green-swawrd] /ˈgrinˌswɔrd/
noun
1.
green, grassy turf.
Origin of greensward
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; green + sward
Related forms
greenswarded, adjective
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  • Behind the house the greensward slopes to a wheat-field that is like a wall of gold.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • This had just happened while she was lying on the greensward gazing up into the sky.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • She nodded a farewell, and moved briskly across the greensward to the house.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • Meanwhile upon the greensward the maidservant was laying the table for supper.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • The others wandered about the greensward and along the alleys.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • Lorenzi and the Marchesa were strolling in the dusk across the greensward.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • There is no greensward in the tropics, grass is not cultivated, and hay is never made.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • And he turned the mare to the side of the road and allowed her to nibble at the greensward.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • Presently the road changed from a trough of dust into a ribbon of greensward.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • He rose to his feet, and began to pace the greensward before the door.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for greensward

greensward

/ˈɡriːnˌswɔːd/
noun
1.
(archaic or literary) fresh green turf or an area of such turf
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