Green Man and Still
This public-house sign refers to the distillation of spirits
from green herbs, such as peppermint cordial, and so on. The green man
is the herbalist, or the greengrocer of herbs, and the still is the
apparatus for distillation.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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