Green Sea

The Persian Gulf; so called from a remarkable strip of water of a green colour along the Arabian coast.

Between 1690 and 1742 the 2nd Life Guards were facetiously called “The Green Sea” from their sea-green facings, in compliment to Queen Catharine, whose favourite colour it was. The facings of this regiment are now blue.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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