Thus, the languages mentioned above (Germanic, Romance, Slavic, Greek) have old terms for "green" which are derived from words for fresh, sprouting vegetation.However, comparative linguistics makes clear that these terms were coined independently, over the past few millennia, and there is no identifiable single Proto-Indo-European or word for "green".
In modern Japanese, the term for green is 緑, while the old term for "blue/green", blue , reflecting the absence of blue-green distinction in old Japanese (more accurately, the traditional Japanese color terminology grouped some shades of green with blue, and others with yellow tones).
The Persian language is traditionally lacking a black/blue/green distinction.
The Persian word سبز sabz can mean "green", "black", or "dark".
Thus, Persian erotic poetry, dark-skinned women are addressed as sabz-eh, as in phrases like سبز گندم گون sabz-eh-gandom-gun (literally "dark wheat colored") or سبز مليح sabz-eh-malih ("a dark beauty").
Because of its association with nature, it became the color of the Environmental Movement in the 1960s, and Green Parties were founded in many counties.
In surveys made in Europe and the United States, green is the color most commonly associated with nature, life, health, youth, spring, hope and envy.
For this reason, the costume of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and the benches in the British House of Commons are while those in the House of Lords are red.
It also has a long historical tradition as the color of Ireland and of Gaelic culture.
Latin with viridis also has a genuine and widely used term for "green".
Related to virere "to grow" and ver "spring", it gave rise to words in several Romance languages, French vert, Italian verde (and English vert, verdure etc.).
Vietnamese uses a single word for both blue and green, xanh, with variants such as xanh da trời (azure, lit. These languages have introduced supplementary vocabulary to denote "green", but these terms are recognizable as recent adoptions that are not in origin color terms (much like the English adjective orange being in origin not a color term but the name of a fruit).