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Green is a color seen commonly in nature; many plants are green because they contain chlorophyll.

Green light has a wavelength of around 550 nm and is one of the additive primary colors. On a browser that supports visual formatting in Cascading Style Sheets, the following box should appear green:

The English language makes a distinction between blue and green, but some languages such as Toki Pona don't have a separate word for green and use either the word for yellow or the word for blue to describe the color. Note: Toki Pona is not a natural language. Most of the time, Chinese language has the blue-green distinction, but another word, qing (青 in pinyin: qing1), used most often in premodern Chinese, can mean either "blue" or "green" or, much less frequently, "black", as in xuanqing (玄青 xuan2 qing1).

"Green" as a symbol

The ecology movement uses green because of its common occurrence in nature. Greenpeace, an ecological group, uses green because of its association with life. There are political parties named the Greens throughout the world (particularly in Europe, although the Green Party movement has begun to take root in the United States). The more generic term "green party" is used for parties that emphasize environmentalism.

Green is also the color of supporters of Taiwan independence in opposition to the unification leaning pan-blue coalition. The origin of this symbolism comes from Taiwan being a tropical island.

Green also symbolizes go because of its use in traffic signals[?]. It is also the color of informational and directional signs.

In North American stock markets, green is used to denote a rise in stock prices. In East Asian stock markets, green is used to denote a drop in stock prices.

Because of its camouflage properties, green is typically used for the field uniforms for many military services. It is also used as the dress uniform for many land armies and marines.

Green is the traditional color of Islam.

Colloquial expressions

  • Envy, one of the traditional Seven Deadly Sins is also called the Green-eyed monster.
  • Traditionally, someone who works well with plants is said to have a green thumb, or green fingers.
  • A new, inexperienced rookie[?] is also known as green, probably from its reference to unripe (i.e. unready, immature) fruit.


A green is an area of grassy common land at the centre of a town or village (see village green).
People whose surname is or was Green include



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