teal

Teal things are colored a deep shade of blue-green, like the sparkling teal water in a tropical lagoon. The color gets its name from a kind of duck, also called a teal.

The common teal is a migratory water bird, a duck with a teal stripe on its head and wings. The origin of the word is unclear, but we know the bird came first and then the color—the green-blue teal was first used in print in a 1923 clothing advertisement. It was added as an official color to the Plochere Color System, an interior design reference, in 1948, and became a Crayola crayon color in 1990.

Primary Meanings of teal

1.
nadj
a blue-green color or pigment
of a bluish shade of green
2.
n
any of various small short-necked dabbling river ducks of Europe and America
Full Definitions of teal
1

n a blue-green color or pigment

Synonyms:
blue green, bluish green
Types:
cyan
a primary subtractive color for light; has a blue-green color
Type of:
green, greenness, viridity
green color or pigment; resembling the color of growing grass

adj of a bluish shade of green

Synonyms:
blue-green, bluish green, cyan
chromatic
being or having or characterized by hue
2

n any of various small short-necked dabbling river ducks of Europe and America

Types:
Anas crecca, green-winged teal, greenwing
common teal of Eurasia and North America
Anas discors, blue-winged teal, bluewing
American teal
Anas querquedula, garganey
small Eurasian teal
Type of:
duck
small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs

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