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About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#008080
sRGBB (r, g, b)(0, 128, 128)
HSV (h, s, v)(180°, 100%, 50%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(48, 38, 192°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorModerate bluish green
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
Teal as a tertiary color
Common teal duck (male)
Teal iceberg
The flag of Sri Lanka uses teal
The flag of Sri Lanka uses teal

Teal is a dark blue-green color. Its name comes from that of a bird — the Eurasian 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 cyan into a green base, or deepened as needed with black or gray.[2] The complementary color of teal is pink. It is also one of the first 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 reducing 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.[3][4]


The first recorded use of teal as a color name in English was in 1917.[5] The term teal (referring to a sort of duck) is derived from the Middle English tele, a word akin to the Dutch taling and the Middle Low German telink.[6]


Teal blue[edit]

Teal blue
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#367588
sRGBB (r, g, b)(54, 117, 136)
HSV (h, s, v)(194°, 60%, 53%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(46, 34, 220°)
SourceKelly & Judd (1976)[7]
ISCC–NBS descriptorModerate greenish blue
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

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.[5]: p. 101, plate 39, color sample L6 

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.[8]

Teal blue is also the name of a Crayola crayon color (color #113) from 1990 to 2003.

Teal green[edit]

Teal green
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#264B56
sRGBB (r, g, b)(38, 75, 86)
HSV (h, s, v)(194°, 56%, 34%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(30, 19, 218°)
SourceKelly & Judd (1976)[7]
ISCC–NBS descriptorModerate greenish blue
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Teal green is a darker shade of teal with more green. It is a variable color averaging a dark bluish green that is green, darker, and stronger than invisible green or pine tree.[9]

Teal green is most closely related to the Crayola crayon color Deep Space Sparkle.

In culture[edit]

TEAL is the acronym for Tasman Empire Airways Limited, the forerunner of Air New Zealand, who used teal as their airline's signature color; 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 color than the bird's color.
Rapid transit
Teal is the official color of Kochi Metro, the rapid transit system serving the city of Kochi in India.
A Teal organisation is an emerging organisational paradigm.
Some dragonflies are cyan or teal.
Gummy Bears are commonly teal.
  • 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]
  • in 2008 Pixar, Film, The Character in WALL-E, Eve Features Bluish-Teal Eyes.
TV series
The Hermit Intercessors of the Lamb, a Christian contemplation group in the 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.
In Australia, the color teal, and the term "teal independents", have become associated with some of the independent candidates supported by the Voices groups in Australia and campaigning on a platform emphasizing climate change action, tackling corruption in politics, and gender equality.[14][15]
Art History
Green pigments for paints and fabric dyes were difficult to obtain from nature in the past, thus they were rarely employed in clothes or heraldic emblems. While green may have been blended with blue and yellow paints, mixing dissimilar substances was frowned upon due to suspicion of alchemy. Only during the early Renaissance did the superstitious custom fade away, and in the late eighteenth century, the German Swedish scientist Carl Wilhelm Scheele found new copper greens.[16]
Issue 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.[17][18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "HTML4 color keywords". W3.org. W3C TR CSS3 Color module. 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ "What color is teal? What colors go with teal?". Painting and Decorating Concourse. Paint color. 22 May 2013. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Laughing in the purple rain". ESPN.com. Uni Watch's Friday Flashback. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  4. ^ "A closer look at the uniforms and logos of the 90s". TheScore.com. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b Maerz, Aloys John; Paul, M. Rea (1930). A Dictionary of Color. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. pp. 205 (text), 101 (teal color sample). Plate 39 color sample L7 (on p. 101).
  6. ^ Norman, Teresa (2003). A World of Baby Names. Perigee. p. 145. ISBN 0-399-52894-6. teal is used in.
  7. ^ a b Kelly, Kenneth L.; Judd, Deanne B. (December 1976). Color: Universal Language and Dictionary of Names (Report). Special Publications. Vol. 440. U.S. National Bureau of Standards. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008.
  8. ^ Plochere Color System (Report). U.S. National Bureau of Standards. 4 October 2008. NBS/ISCC P. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2018 – via colors.bravo9.com.
  9. ^ "Teal green". Merriam-Webster.com. Dictionary. Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  10. ^ "The Sri Lankan National Flag". The Sunday Times Sri Lanka. Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  11. ^ "What are the 10 best desktop wallpapers ever?". CNET. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  12. ^ van Hurkman, Alexis (2013). Color Correction Look Book.
  13. ^ Friedman, Vanessa (12 October 2021). "'Squid Game' Has Made Tracksuits Hot". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  14. ^ Hawley, Sam; Smiley, Stephen (20 April 2022). "Who are the 'teal independents'? Your questions answered about the candidates fighting for some of Australia's wealthiest electorates". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  15. ^ Butler, Josh (27 April 2022). "The rise of the teal independents and the battle for Wentworth". The Guardian.
  16. ^ "Color teal: Meaning and how to use it in branding". Mojomox. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  17. ^ "Ovarian Cancer National Alliance – We work to save women's lives". Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
  18. ^ "Cancer screening". www.bbc.co.uk. BBC Inside Out. Retrieved 8 July 2020.

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of Teal at Wiktionary