One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A table covered with green cloth and used for board meetings, negotiations, etc.; (hence) one of the boards of Covenanters who ruled Scotland 1638–41 (now historical).
2A gaming table.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Spalding (b. ?1624), historian. From green + table.
green table/ˌɡriːn ˈteɪbl/
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