green flash


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

Examples of green flash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Draped in Gucci from her facemask to the emerald-green Flash Trek sneakers, the decision paid off as the teen megastar swept the Big Four categories. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Laced Up: This Week's Coolest Sneaker Sightings With Billie Eilish, Chance the Rapper & More," 31 Jan. 2020 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,, "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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The first known use of green flash was in 1887

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“Green flash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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