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chartreuse (shahr-TROOZ, -TROOS) noun
1. A light, yellowish green.
2. An aromatic, usually yellow or green liqueur, originally made by Carthusian monks in Grenoble, France.
Having a light, yellowish green color.
[From French, after La Grande Chartreuse, the name of Carthusian monastery near Chartreuse mountain where this liqueur was first made.]
"Lost with the sun in a chartreuse wood, afflicted
"I must have been 7 or 8, squatting on the summer-hot pavement with my
sister, scrawling disappearing messages on the concrete with snapped
leaves of an ice plant, when it occurred to me that people could agree
on the name of a thing, in this case, a color -- the green of the
translucent fluid that oozed from the leaf, which we determined was
chartreuse -- while seeing it very differently. I understood that when
my sister agreed on the name chartreuse, she might, in fact, be seeing
what I call red or yellow or blue. I began to see language less as a
bridge between people than as a threadbare rope tossed from one edge of
a precipice to open hands at another."
This week's theme: toponyms, or words derived from names of places.
What is art but a way of seeing? -Thomas Berger, writer (1924- )