green flash

noun

Definition of green flash 

: a momentary green appearance of the uppermost part of the sun's disk at sunrise or sunset that results from atmospheric refraction

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The menu items include things like burger in bowl, and the drinks, while resort-pricey, have fun with it, like the Green Flash, dedicated to the elusive green flash of light some see when the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "48 Hours in Naples: Where everyone can find an escape," 1 May 2018 Elsewhere in firefly pageantry, Photuris pennsylvanica can be recognized across the Mid-Atlantic states from its quick, yellow-green flash followed by a longer pulse that lasts one to three seconds. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, "Illuminating the Secret Language of Lightning Bugs," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of green flash

1887, in the meaning defined above

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