Facts, History, and Meanings of the Color Green

A collection of facts, history, meanings, uses, phrases, and lore about the color green.



History and Lore: A symbol of nature. In Egypt the floors of the temple were green. Among the Greeks and Moors, it signified victory. To the Muslims it is a sacred color. They carry a green flag, wear green turbans after they have made a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, and design their prayer rugs with a green background. The Scottish Highlanders wore green as a mark of honor. It is the national color of Ireland. Leonardo da Vinci declared that green represented water. In China it denotes east.

Daily Uses: Green is used to specify "go" on traffic signals and to designate first-aid equipment. Chlorophyll, which is produced by plants, is recognized for its soothing effects on the nerves and its ability to sustain heart action. In the home, green is a good color for the bedroom because of its tranquilizing influence on the body as well as the mind; in the kitchen, it tends to stimulate creativity in food preparation. Also recommended for workshops. Clear to light shades are best.

Green is found in such foods as avocados, lettuce, parsley, peas, peppers, string beans, watercress, and zucchini.

Colorful Phrases: The green-eyed monster of jealousy, green with envy, greenhorn, greenbacks, the green stuff, greenhouse, green thumb, fresh as green cheese, a green old age.

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