greenback


noun

  1. a U.S. legal-tender note, printed in green on the back since the Civil War, originally issued against the credit of the country and not against gold or silver on deposit.

noun

  1. US informal an inconvertible legal-tender US currency note originally issued during the Civil War in 1862
  2. US slang a dollar bill
n.

“U.S. dollar bill,” 1862, so called from the time of their introduction, from green (adj.) + back (n.); bank paper money printed in green ink had been called this since 1778 (as opposed to redbacks, etc.).

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