Definition of green man in English:

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green man


1(In the UK) a symbol of an illuminated green human figure at a pedestrian crossing, indicating that it is safe to cross the road.
Example sentences
  • Some people press the ‘please wait’ button at a pedestrian crossing but then cross before the green man gives them permission.
  • I've almost been run over by them god knows how many times, but if I only crossed the road when the green man flashes, I probably wouldn't have this problem.
  • She always double-checks that the traffic has stopped, even if there is a green man.
2 historical A man dressed up in greenery to represent a wild man of the woods or seasonal fertility.
Example sentences
  • Jack in the Bush is an alternative name for a green man, the leaf-clad figure who appears in sculptures and is associated in European folklore with spring festivals.
  • This nineteenth century green man holds out the prophetic possibility of restoration with nature, and in doing so reinforces our own sense of exile from it.
  • He is clearly a type of the green man, living on the margins, reminding us of our origins among the animals.
2.1A carved image of a green man, often seen in medieval English churches as a human face with branches and foliage growing out of the mouth.

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