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 Green Gown (A).Green Horse (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Green Hands (a nautical phrase).
Inferior sailors, also called boys. A crew is divided into (1) Able seamen; (2) Ordinary seamen; and (3) Green hands or boys. The term “boys” has no reference to age, but merely skill and knowledge in seamanship. Here “green” means not ripe, not mature.   1

 Green Gown (A).Green Horse (The). 

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