green wax


Definition of green wax

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

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First Known Use of green wax

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for green wax

Middle English grenewax; translation of Medieval Latin viridis cera

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“Green wax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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