On Green

Green – from the Latin viridis, related to virere “to grow” and very “spring” … and from the Greek chloros

Green – from the Old English grēne (adjective), grēnian (verb)

Green – of Germanic origin; related to Dutch groen, German grün, also to grass and grow;

Variations – green, greens, greener, greening, greenest, greened

Green – one of the three primary colors of light

Green – the color between blue and yellow in the spectrum with a wavelength range of 495-570 nanometers

Green – commonly associated with the presence of chlorophyll

Green – consisting of fresh green vegetables

Green – covered with vegetation …. as in verdant, grassy, leafy, verdurous

Green – vegetables, leafy vegetables, salad, salad greens, kale, spinach, lettuce, chard

Green – one of three colors of quark

Green – a signal to proceed

Green – the lowest level of difficulty

Green – a political principle about the environment … as in environmental, ecocentric, ecological,  conservation, non-polluting

Green – unripe, immature, unseasoned, and raw

Green – a person who is inexperienced, naive, immature, gullible, or young

Green – as in emerald, forest, kelly, jade, mint, lime, yellow-green, blue-green, and chartreuse

Green – formed by combining yellow and cyan in the RGB color model used in computer and television screens

Green – a person’s complexion as pale, sickly-looking, pallid, ashen, pasty

Green – a common place associated with the center of town, a public, a park, common, a lawn

Green – the very short grass immediately surrounding a hole on a golf course

Green – the color detected by the M cone cells on the eye’s retina

Green – the traditional complement to red – the RGB complement to magenta

Green – a color for natural camouflage


Green – the eye color most common in Northern and Central Europe

Green – the symbol of regeneration and rebirth in Ancient Egypt

Green – in the flags of Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan,  South Africa, Portugal and Nigeria, Jamaica, Iran, Libya, Portugal and Nigeria

Green – the traditional color of Islam and the median color between light and obscurity

Green – the color of Roman Catholic and Protestant vestments during ordinary time – but the color of Pentecost to Orthodox Christians

Green – Green – the symbol of fertility (China) eternal life (Japan), death (South America), Wednesday (Thailand), hope (India), corruption, (North Africa), money (USA), luck (to many), but traditionally a forbidden color in Indonesia

Green – the color of St. Patrick’s Day – but combines with red at Christmas

Green – the color of Venus: the Roman goddess of gardens, vegetables, and vineyards

Green – the color of springtime, freshness, hope, nature, vivacity, and life

Green with blue for calm, tolerance, neutrality, harmony, balance, and agreeable

Green – the color of jealousy and envy

Special thanks to Marina (Marina Kanavaki @ Art Towards a Happy Day) for the images of her artwork. I encourage readers to visit her at website and her Society 6 store where you can browse her work on various media. All images are copyrighted by Marina Kanavaki.

This is my second collaboration with Marina, here’s the first: On Blue.

62 thoughts on “On Green

  1. This is an interesting post on the colour green Frank! I am fascinated by how the word is used to describe opposites in some cases – especially obvious in this part of your presentation ‘Green with blue for calm, tolerance, neutrality, harmony, balance, and agreeable
    Green – the color of jealousy and envy ‘ Now you’ve got me wondering if any other colours are used to represent opposite emotions or feelings…….. Fascinating!

    Though, in the world of art and colour, green is not actually a primary colour, it is a secondary colour, made by mixing blue and yellow – hence the blue-greens or yellow-greens you show and name. (The primaries are red, blue, yellow. They are called primary because they cannot be made by mixing any other colours.) I believe it is only in the world of computer colouring that their primaries are referred to as red, green and blue and I don’t know enough about how computers work to make sense of that.

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    • Pauline,
      Glad this post has ignited thoughts about the meaning and uses of other colors. To me, it’s interesting how different cultures place different meanings and significances to the color. As for green being a primary color. Yes, I concur about your definition of primary colors in the world of art and pigments, but keep in mind I’m from the world of science – so – I amended the post to say green is one of the primary colors of light.

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  2. Thanks for sharing how many ways the word green can be used. Quite comprehensive! As mentioned above though, green is not a primary color, it’s a secondary color, a mix of the primary colors blue and yellow.
    Also, my eyes are green. 🙂

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  3. Ah, my dear friend, what a beautiful post – I’m so proud and grateful for our collaboration. I always feel at home here [so does my work! 😉 ] Wishing you a wonderful December and a lovely weekend! [off to my zillion unchecked boxes now! 😉 ] Cheers and Yamas!!!!!!!!!!! 🍷

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  4. Congratulations to you and Marina for this wonderful post! ⭐
    In Auraology, I learned that green was the color of healing. It just might be, as I feel fabulous after reading this, and seeing Marina’s gorgeous art. oghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5Vz-z4PEkk Here’s a green song for you and Marina. It’s old, but so is the color green. Love to both of you!

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  5. No wonder I love the colour GREEN so much Frank.. 🙂 And such a beautiful collaboration with Marina my friend.. Her artwork is just perfect.. Such a lovely post..
    I hope you are enjoying your December.. and Had a good Thanksgiving.
    Wishing you well Frank..
    Sue 🙂

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    • Sue,
      Thanks for the kind words. This post fits your mindset, so I’m glad you saw it. Thanksgiving was good, but December has brought us quite the blast of cold! After all, we have a wider range of temps than you normally get. All the best to you!


  6. I immediately recognized Marina’s beautiful art. Very nice collaborative post, Frank. I can’t see green without thinking of “Wicked.” I’ve seen the play performed at least six times and “green” is a major player. 🙂

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