Maize (color)

The shade maize or corn refers to a specific tone of yellow; it is named for the cereal of the same name—maize (called corn in the United States and Canada). In public usage, maize can be applied to a variety of shades, ranging from light yellow to a dark shade that borders on orange, since the color of maize (the actual corn) may vary.

About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#FBEC5D
sRGBB (r, g, b)(251, 236, 93)
HSV (h, s, v)(54°, 63%, 98%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(92, 86, 79°)
SourceMaerz and Paul[1]
ISCC–NBS descriptorBrilliant greenish yellow
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
The color is named for the cereal Maize.

The first recorded use of maize as a color name in English was in 1861.[2]



  • "Light maize in color, this wildflower is found only now and then in our area, and treasured for its rarity. The three clumps, two near the east fence under a thriving red-stemmed dogwood and one beside a weathered stump, gave us a thrill last spring with their first buds."[3]


  • "For slow cases, one can use the method... in which a solution of thymol blue has had its pH value adjusted so that it is maize in color and any slight increase in the acidity will make the solution turn blue."[4]


  • Maize is one of the two colors used by the University of Michigan Wolverines (the other being blue) although the actual shade of yellow used has varied over time; however, it always approaches the color of corn.[5] The athletic colors of Carleton College are also maize and blue.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The color displayed in the color box above matches the color called maize in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color maize is displayed on page 43, Plate 10, Color Sample G5.
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 198; Color Sample of Maize: Page 43 Plate 10 Color Sample G5
  3. ^ Rodale, Jerome Irving (1965). Organic gardening. Rodale Press. p. 54.
  4. ^ Debler, Walter R. (1990). Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals. Prentice Hall. p. 615. ISBN 978-0-13-322371-2.
  5. ^ Liene Karels (Fall 1996). "What colors are maize and blue?". Michigan Today. Archived from the original on December 20, 1996. Retrieved September 5, 2015.