Teal is a medium blue-green color, similar to cyan. 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. The complementary color of teal is maroon. 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.
The first recorded use of teal as a color name in English was in 1917. It is derived from the Middle English tele, a word akin to the Dutch taling and the Middle Low German telink. 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.
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Common teal duck (male)
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.
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.
Teal blue is also the name of a Crayola crayon color (color #113) from 1990 to 2003.
Teal: where it is a combination of blue/green but with grayish hues
The "orange and teal look" is a trend in 21st-century filmmaking, in which scenes are color graded to emphasize these two complementary colors.
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.