From Middle English grey, from Old English grǣġ, from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (compare Dutch grauw, German grau, Old Norse grár), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰreh₁- ("to green, to grow") (compare Latin rāvus ("grey"), Old Church Slavonic зьрѭ ("to see, to glance"), Russian зреть ("to watch, to look at") (archaic), Lithuanian žeriù ("to shine")).
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