One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Baize of a green colour, used especially to cover tables for cards or gaming; (also) the fine worsted cloth (not properly baize, which is coarser) used to cover billiard and snooker tables; (hence) such a table. Also in allusive use.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in John Hill (bap. 1714, d. 1775), physician and actor. From green + baize.
green baize/ˌɡriːn ˈbeɪz/
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