Green fire

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Green fire (Pyrotech.) a composition which burns with a green flame. It consists of sulphur and potassium chlorate, with some salt of barium (usually the nitrate), to which the color of the flame is due.
    • Green fire (Pyrotech) compositions of various combustible substances, as sulphur, niter, lampblack, etc., the flames of which are colored by various metallic salts, as those of antimony, strontium, barium, etc.
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Usage

In literature:

The fire is not only red; it is blue and purple and orange and green.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Suddenly a shot rang out, but quickly though it had been fired, the green man and the man with the guitar had seen who fired it.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
Dew fell heavily, and Omar made a famous fire and supplied us with hot green tea.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
Dan went to the mantelpiece, and stood looking down into the fire, and his grey-green eyes became suffused.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Seeing them going forward under shell fire in extended order told me at once they were green troops.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
The old nurse, on her return to the cottage, found the green lady sitting beside the fire.
"The Cruise of the Betsey" by Hugh Miller
It is easily cut and split, is lighter to tote than most other woods, and is of so dry a nature that even the green wood catches fire readily.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
A green tree took fire.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
The phantom was not unlike the wisps of yellow smoke from a green-wood fire, despatched by a lazy dawn wind.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
It is a vivid light like a wave of green fire, most beautiful!
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
The fire touched the green-hide and singed the white bull hair, giving off a pungent smell.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
After washing them, he put them to broil over his smoky fire of green twigs.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
On the other hand, dry wood burns much quicker than green wood; it is not easy to set the latter on fire.
"Harper's Young People, September 14, 1880" by Various
Through dark hours the green spruce fire burned slowly and steadily.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
It had been an all-night fire of green logs cut with an axe.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
But set him to talking about the beauties of English prose, and his eyes blazed with a green fire.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
He grabbed a Very's pistol and fired at the Boche a succession of lights, red, white, and green.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
The newly-kindled fire on Green Knoll sent a spiral of blue smoke mounting skyward.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
A fire was burning and a pot cooking on the lava, under the supervision of an old woman in a grass-green sacque.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Greene with a similar result, but was exposed to a heavy fire from behind a stone fence.
"History of the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry" by R. C. Rankin
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In poetry:

We mourn the loss of our little pet,
And sigh o'er her hapless fate,
For never more by the fire she'll sit,
Nor play by the old green gate.
"A Lament For S. B. Pat Paw" by Louisa May Alcott
And merrily when that feast was done
On the fire-lit green the dance begun,
With squaws' shrill stave, and deeper hum
Of old men beating the Indian drum.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Green withes burn slow…
And the old men of the world sit round the fire
And rub their hands….
But the smoke of the young men's torment
Ascends up for ever and ever.
"The Fire" by Lola Ridge
Bright stream, we bless thee; we trace thee afar
Down the green valley; Hope's beautiful star
Gleams on thy bosom; may never again
Wild fires of passion thy life-current drain.
"Be Hopeful: IV -- The Resume" by Janet Hamilton
Sweep out to darkness, triumphing in his goal,
Out of the fire, out of the little room. . . .
— There is an end appointed, O my soul!
Crimson and green the signals burn; the gloom
"The Night Journey" by Rupert Brooke
All day they flashed in flakes of fire, that lay
The vintage low upon the hill's green breast,
The harvest low,—and o'er that faithfullest,
The blue sky ever beckoning, shed dismay.
"The False Fair Days" by Paul Verlaine

In news:

An unattended candle sparked the Monday afternoon fire that damaged a house on Green Bay 's west side, displacing nine people, investigators have confirmed.
21 pm Manchester firefighters responded to the area of Beech and Green Streets for a reported building fire.
Media outlets reported that the fire broke out Sunday afternoon near a residence in Green Valley.
Media outlets report that the fire broke out Sunday afternoon near a residence in Green Valley.
Wood County fire departments' Keep the Wreath Green wreaths now have four red bulbs .
2 cans Fire Roasted Diced Green Chilies .
Pollution from Alabama Power's coal-fired power plant in Greene County contributes to between 49 and 100 premature deaths a year, according to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project.
The Bowling Green Fire Department responded to the explosion around 10:30 this morning.
Green said no one was in the home during the fire and the state fire marshal will investigate what may have started the blaze.
Langley Green distillery fire residents evacuated.
The Republican-controlled legislature was in what can only be described as an all-fired hurry to give fracking the green light.
"I knew that there was something very seriously wrong because there were two fire trucks that I could see and I could see the ladders going up to the different apartments," said Greene.
Crews fighting Greene Street house fire.
Three people died in a two-car wreck in Hazel Green that put one of the cars on fire Sunday night.
Afghanistan's Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that it had arrested or fired hundreds of soldiers for alleged links to insurgents in an effort to stop "green-on-blue" attacks, Reuters reported.
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