The following sentence is from the "The Algorithm Manual" book

The young graduate student was bright and eager, but green to the power of data structures.

What does the green to the power of data structures mean?. Since green is a symbol of fertility, does this mean that the graduate student was good in data structures ?

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    ROTFL ! Fertility power of data structures. Mar 19, 2015 at 3:40
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    Green is also used to describe something fresh or new (everything in spring is green). So when someone is green, everything is new to them (i.e. they are inexperienced).
    – Zikato
    Mar 19, 2015 at 7:54
  • Thanks. It makes complete sense to think green as fresh. Mar 19, 2015 at 8:28
  • A related term is 'greenhorn'. And, @BlessedGeek , never underestimate the fertility power of data structures. ;) Mar 25, 2015 at 0:42

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Green in this case means "immature in age or judgment; untrained; inexperienced". i.e. not experienced with data structures.

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