hue

Green, orange, yellow, and blue — each of these is a hue, a color or a shade that's true. A rainbow shows the melting of one hue into another, from red to violet, and all shades in between.

The noun hue means both a color and a shade of a color. Green is a hue, and turquoise is a hue of both green and blue. Most of the time the word hue refers to colors, but sometimes it's used for shades of meaning or even the tone of a person's face, as in "The speech had a hue of politics — disguised with humor — that turned the mayor's face from a pale hue to red as he laughed."

Definitions of hue
  1. noun
    the quality of a color as determined by its dominant wavelength
    synonyms: chromaticity
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    type of:
    color property
    an attribute of color
  2. verb
    take on color or become colored
    “In highlights it hued to a dull silver-grey”
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    types:
    pigment
    acquire pigment; become colored or imbued
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    suffuse with color
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