Etymology
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greens (n.)

c. 1400, "vegetables;" 1690s, "freshly cut branches used for decoration," from green (n.). Meaning "ecology political party" first recorded 1978, from German die Grünen (West Germany), an outgrowth of Grüne Aktion Zukunft "Green Campaign for the Future," a mainly anti-nuclear power movement, and/or grüne Listen "green lists" (of environmental candidates). Green (adj.) in the sense of "environmental" is attested in English from 1971; Greenpeace, the international conservation and environmental protection group, is from 1971.

updated on April 17, 2015

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Definitions of greens from WordNet

greens (n.)
any of various leafy plants or their leaves and stems eaten as vegetables;
Synonyms: green / leafy vegetable
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