a green coloration of the upper portion of the sun, caused by atmospheric refraction and occasionally seen as the sun rises above or sinks below the horizon.
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Origin of green flash
First recorded in 1910–15
Words nearby green flash
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British Dictionary definitions for green flash
astronomy a flash of bright green light sometimes seen as the sun passes below the horizon, caused by a combination of the dispersion, scattering, and refraction of light
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