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Teal as a tertiary color
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#008080
sRGBB  (rgb)(0, 128, 128)
ISCC-NBS descriptorModerate bluish green
B: Normalized to [0-255] (byte)
Teal is a tertiary color on the RYB color model.

Teal is a blue-green colour. 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.

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]


Common teal duck (male)
Common teal duck (male)

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 blue

Teal blue
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#367588
sRGBB  (rgb)(54, 117, 136)
SourceKelly, Kenneth L. and Judd, Deanne B. (December 1976) "Color: Universal Language and Dictionary of Names", National Bureau of Standards, Spec. Publ. 440
ISCC-NBS descriptorModerate greenish blue
B: Normalized to [0-255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0-100] (hundred)

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.

In culture

  • Aviation: As noted elsewhere, TEAL is also an acronym for the forerunner of Air New Zealand, who used the colour teal as their airline's signature colour; it appeared not just on plane livery but promotional material and airline bags. When New Zealanders refer to 'teal green,' they are more likely referring to the airline colour than the bird's colour. And it may not be coincidence that the acronym for Tasman Empire Airways Limited is the name of a bird.
  • Rapid transit
  • 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][14]

See also


  1. ^ Web.forret.com, Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #008080 (Teal):
  2. ^ W3C TR CSS3 Color Module, HTML4 color keywords. W3.org
  3. ^ "What Color is Teal - What Colors Go With Teal?". 2013-05-22. Archived from the original on 2013-05-22. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Teal / #008080 hex color". ColorHexa. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Uni Watch's Friday Flashback: Laughing in the purple rain". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "A closer look at the uniforms and logos of the 90s". TheScore.com. Retrieved .
  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. teal is used in.
  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. Archived from the original on 2008-10-04. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "What are the 10 best desktop wallpapers ever?". CNET. 2007-05-02. Retrieved .
  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.
  14. ^ "BBC Inside Out - Cancer screening". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved .

External links

  • The dictionary definition of Teal at Wiktionary

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