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sap green

  1. a green pigment obtained from the juice of buckthorn berries, used chiefly in dyes for wood, paper, and textiles.
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Origin of sap green

First recorded in 1570–80
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Historical Examples

  • Buck′thorn, a genus of shrubs, the berry of which supplies the sap-green used by painters; Buck′-tooth, a projecting tooth.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • The juice of these berries is the raw material from which the artist's sap-green is prepared.

  • Then comes a sap-green lackey, stiff as a ramrod, with a package under his arm.