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.

Definitions of teal
  1. noun
    a blue-green color or pigment
    synonyms: blue green, bluish green
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    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
  2. adjective
    of a bluish shade of green
    synonyms: blue-green, bluish green, cyan
    being or having or characterized by hue
  3. noun
    any of various small short-necked dabbling river ducks of Europe and America
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    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:
    small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
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