One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A grassy enclosure, a paddock.
2An enclosure for impounded animals and vehicles; a pound. Now historical.
3A grassed enclosure in which hounds are exercised.
4In Norwich: an open space to the north of the Cathedral, frequently used for preaching.
Late Middle English. Probably partly from green + yard, and partly from green + yard.
green yard/ˈɡriːn jɑːd/
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