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Template:Wiktionary Green is a color seen commonly in nature. Many plants are green mostly on behalf of a complex chemical known as chlorophyll. The light of the sun that we see from Earth because of our atmosphere and other various reasons is tinted green.

Green light has a wavelength of roughly 490-570 nm and is one of the additive primary colors, the complement of magenta. Many artists, however, continue to use a traditional color theory in which the complement of green is considered to be red.

People who are red-green color blind can often distinguish between the two colors but confuse them with other colors, e.g., bright green with yellow; dark green with brown.


Uses of the color green

In the Middle Ages, green represented evil or demonic beings (including dragons) and sometimes love. Nowadays, however, ideas associated with this color have shifted.

In English heraldry, green stood for renewal, life, vitality, youth, and freshness. (The American Girls Handy Book, p. 369)

Green also symbolizes go because of its use in traffic signals, railway signals and ship signals. It is also the color of information and direction signs. Fire escape exit signs are green in some countries, but red in others!

In night vision goggles, the color green is chosen because the human eye is most sensitive and able to discern the most shades in that color.

In auto racing, a green flag signals the start or resumption of a race.

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 a symbol of Ireland, which is often referred to as "the Emerald Isle". The color is particularly identified with the republican and nationalist traditions in modern times, and is used that way on the flag of the Republic of Ireland, in balance with the unionist orange.

Green also serves as a symbol of the Esperanto language. It is said that the color was first suggested by an Irishman, Richard Henry Geoghegan, who apparently suggested it as it was the color of his country, and because it is the color of hope, hope being a strong theme in Esperanto culture. The color is particularly associated with the green star, and is seen too on the Esperanto flag.

"Little Green Men" refers to the stereotypical portrayal of extraterrestrials with green skin, antennae and a generally human body plan (but with the number of a certain body part often changed).

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Snooker table

Green is the color of the snooker ball which has a 3-point value, and also a common color for the baize on a snooker table.

Green is the color generally associated with Plaid Cymru, the Welsh political party - but not for reasons of its political ideology.

Green substances

Food colorings used for green include chlorophyll (E140 and E141), quinoline (E104) and, in countries where it is permitted, "Green S" (E142).

Colloquial expressions

  • Envy, one of the traditional Seven Deadly Sins, is also called the green-eyed monster (after a phrase in Shakespeare's Othello). A person suffering therefrom is said to be "green with envy". Substances that may impart a greenish hue to one's skin include biliverdin, the green pigment in bile, and ceruloplasmin, a protein that carries copper ions in chelation.
  • Traditionally, someone who works well with plants is said to have a green thumb, or green fingers.
  • An inexperienced person is sometimes known as green, probably by analogy to unripe (i.e. unready, immature) fruit. The word greenhorn also refers to an inexperienced person.

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"Green" as a political ideology

The ecology movement uses green because of its common occurrence in nature. Greenpeace, an ecological group, uses green because of its association with life. Those who carry this into the political realm are called "Greens":

There are political parties known as "Green Parties" in over one hundred countries throughout the world (beginning in Europe, although the Green Party of the United States, many state parties and two prominent provincial parties in Canada - in Ontario and BC have taken root). The more generic term "green party" is used for parties that emphasize environmentalism, but it is increasingly out of favour as the Global Greens have succeeded in uniting almost all such parties under a Global Green Charter.

A "Green Party" (or Faction) also existed in the Byzantine Empire for a while, but of course it had nothing to do with modern Greens. Rather, it developed out of a kind of chariot racing fanclub whose drivers used the color green to distinguish themselves from the opposing "Blue Party".

Green is the traditional color of Islam, likewise because of its association with nature and the scarce and precious plant life of Arabia. Muhammad is quoted in a hadith as saying that "water, greenery, and a beautiful face" were three universally good things.

For this reason, the flag of Libya is plain green, the only current national flag of a single color.

Green is the color of the back of U.S. currency, and thus carries a strong connotation to money, wealth, and capitalism. This is especially true in the U.S., but the status of the dollar worldwide makes it a wider symbol. This is illustrated by a joke told in the days of the Soviet Union: "Name something green, other than money", with the correct answer being "A ruble".

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

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 and is unrelated to environmentalism or the Green Party.

See also

Electromagnetic Spectrum

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Visible: Red | Orange | Yellow | Green | Blue | Indigo | Violet

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