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Teal as a tertiary color

Teal is a medium blue-green color, similar to cyan. Its name comes from that of a bird—the common teal (Anas crecca)—which presents a similarly colored stripe on its head. The word is often used colloquially to refer to shades of cyan in general.

About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#008080
sRGBB  (rgb)(0, 128, 128)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(86, 31, 49, 8)
HSV       (h, s, v)(180°, 100%, 50[1]%)
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
Teal is a tertiary color on the RYB color model.

It can be created by mixing blue into a green base, or deepened as needed with black or gray.[3] The complementary color of teal is maroon.[4] It is also one of the initial group of 16 HTML/CSS web colors formulated in 1987. In the RGB model used to create colors on computer screens and televisions, teal is created by turning down the brightness of cyan to about one half.

Teal was a fad color during the 1990s, with, among others, many sports teams adopting the color for their uniforms.[5][6]


The first recorded use of teal as a color name in English was in 1917.[7] It is derived from the Middle English tele, a word akin to the Dutch taling and the Middle Low German telink.[8] As a color, its name is believed to have been taken from the small freshwater common teal, a member of the duck family whose eyes are surrounded by this color.[8]


Teal blueEdit

Teal blue
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#367588
sRGBB  (rgb)(54, 117, 136)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(60, 14, 0, 47)
HSV       (h, s, v)(194°, 60%, 53%)
SourceKelly, Kenneth L. and Judd, Deanne B. (December 1976) "Color: Universal Language and Dictionary of Names", National Bureau of Standards, Spec. Publ. 440
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
Common teal duck (male)

Teal blue is a medium tone of teal with more blue. The first recorded use of teal blue as a color name in English was in 1927.[9]

The source of this color is the Plochere Color System, a color system formulated in 1948 that is widely used by interior designers. Teal was subsequently a heavily used color in the 1950s and 1960s.[10]

Teal blue is also the name of a Crayola crayon color (color #113) from 1990 to 2003. Teal: where it is a combination of blue/green but with grayish hues

In cultureEdit

  • Film
    • The "orange and teal look" is a trend in 21st-century filmmaking, in which scenes are color graded to emphasize these two complementary colors.[12]
  • Religion
    • The Intercessors of the Lamb, a Christian contemplation group in the US state of Nebraska, wears habits with a teal scapular to symbolize intercession between heaven (blue) and earth. Originally organized as a Roman Catholic Association, it was suppressed in 2010 by the Archbishop of Omaha, who directed members to cease wearing the scapular in Church activities.
  • Awareness
    • Teal is the color of ovarian cancer awareness. Ovarian cancer survivors and supporters may wear teal ribbons, bracelets, T-shirts, and hats to bring public attention to the disease.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^, Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #008080 (Teal):
  2. ^ W3C TR CSS3 Color Module, HTML4 color keywords.
  3. ^ "What Color is Teal - What Colors Go With Teal?". 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  4. ^ "Teal / #008080 hex color". ColorHexa. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  5. ^ "Uni Watch's Friday Flashback: Laughing in the purple rain". Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  6. ^ "A closer look at the uniforms and logos of the 90s". Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  7. ^ Maerz, Aloys John and M. Rea Paul (1930) A Dictionary of Color, New York, McGraw-Hill, p. 205; color sample of Teal: p. 101 Plate 39 Color Sample L7
  8. ^ a b Norman, Teresa (2003). A World of Baby Names. Perigee. p. 145. ISBN 0-399-52894-6.
  9. ^ Maerz, Aloys John and M. Rea Paul (1930) A Dictionary of Color, New York, McGraw-Hill, p. 205; color sample of Teal Blue: p. 101 Plate 39 Color Sample L6
  10. ^ "NBS/ISCC P - Plochere Color System". 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  11. ^ "What are the 10 best desktop wallpapers ever?". CNET. 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  12. ^ van Hurkman, Alexis (2013) Color Correction Look Book
  13. ^ "Ovarian Cancer National Alliance – We work to save women's lives". Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

External linksEdit

  •   The dictionary definition of Teal at Wiktionary