Why is envy green? Is it the same in other cultures?

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It’s not easy being green with envy (posed by model).
It’s not easy being green with envy (posed by model). Photograph: CarlosDavid.org/Getty Images/iStockphoto
It’s not easy being green with envy (posed by model). Photograph: CarlosDavid.org/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Last modified on Wed 10 Feb 2021 12.16 EST

Why is envy (or jealousy) green? Is it the same colour in other cultures?
Martyn Fairbrother, Paris

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