from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Botany The yellowing or whitening of normally green plant tissue because of a decreased amount of chlorophyll, often as a result of disease or nutrient deficiency.
- n. Pathology An iron-deficiency anemia, primarily of young women, characterized by a greenish-yellow discoloration of the skin. Also called greensickness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. (countable) An anaemia, due to deficiency of iron, characterized by a yellow-green colouration of the skin; greensickness (Wikipedia).
- n. (uncountable) A yellowing of plant tissue due to loss or absence of chlorophyll (Wikipedia).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The green sickness; an anæmic disease of young women, characterized by a greenish or grayish yellow hue of the skin, weakness, palpitation, etc.
- n. A disease in plants, causing the flowers to turn green or the leaves to lose their normal green color.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The greensickness, a peculiar form of anemia or bloodlessness which affects young women at or near the period of puberty.
- n. In botany: Etiolation.
- n. A transformation of the ordinarily colored parts of a flower into green leaf-like or sepal-like organs, as in what are known as “green roses.” Also called chloranthy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. iron deficiency anemia in young women; characterized by weakness and menstrual disturbances and a green color to the skin
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