leek-green in colour ...1924 rare
a leek-green colour ...1826 obs.
from classical Latin prasinus leek-green + -ous,
from Ancient Greek πρᾰ́σῐνος (prásinos, leek-green, light green)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1826 - "Prasinous (Prasinus). Green with a mixture of yellow. The colour of the leaves of leeks or onions."
From: An Introduction to Entomology; or, Elements of the Natural History of Insects
- William Kirby and William Spence
"...Here, likewise, everything pleased the eye and galled the blood; here the silvery streaks on the dark-green satin, and there the argentine tracery on the smooth, prasinous leaves of the water-lilies were only the slimy trail - here of man's creative power...."
From: Teleny, or, The Reverse of the Medal: a Physiological Romance of To-day
- Anonymous. 1893
Attributed to Oscar Wilde