green wax

noun

1
: a seal of green wax attesting a document formerly issued from the exchequer to a sheriff
2
a
: a document attested by green wax
b
: the fines or amercements collected by virtue of such a document

Word History

Etymology

Middle English grenewax; translation of Medieval Latin viridis cera

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of green wax was in the 14th century

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“Green wax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/green%20wax. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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