Lilac (color)

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Lilac
 
Lilacs
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#C8A2C8
sRGBB  (rgb)(200, 162, 200)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 19, 0, 22)
HSV       (h, s, v)(300°, 19%, 78%)
Source[1]
ISCC–NBS descriptorLight purple
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Lilac is a colour that is a pale violet tone representing the average colour of most lilac flowers. It might also be described as dark mauve or light blue. The colours of some lilac flowers may be equivalent to the colours shown below as pale lilac, rich lilac, or deep lilac. There are other lilac flowers that are coloured red-violet.

The first recorded use of lilac as an English colour name was in 1775.[2]

The "lilac" colour has a specific book published in 2018 by Coloratura Publisher.[3]

Variations[edit]

Pale lilac[edit]

Lilac (ISCC-NBS)
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#DCD0FF
sRGBB  (rgb)(220, 208, 255)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(14, 18, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v)(255°, 18%, 100[4]%)
SourceISCC-NBS
ISCC–NBS descriptorVery light violet
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Pale lilac is the colour that is represented as lilac in the ISCC-NBS colour list. The source of this color is sample 209 in the ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Colour Names (1955).[5]

Pale lilac colored flowers of Tetradenia riparia

Bright lilac[edit]

Bright lilac flower
Lilac (Crayola)
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#D891EF
sRGBB  (rgb)(216, 145, 239)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(10, 39, 0, 6)
HSV       (h, s, v)(285°, 39%, 94[6]%)
SourceCrayola
ISCC–NBS descriptorBrilliant purple
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The colour bright lilac is displayed at right. This is the colour called lilac by Crayola in 1994 as one of the colours in its Magic Scent specialty box of colours.

Rich lilac[edit]

Lilac (Pourpre.com)
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#B666D2
sRGBB  (rgb)(182, 102, 210)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(13, 51, 0, 18)
HSV       (h, s, v)(284°, 51%, 82[7]%)
SourcePourpre.com
ISCC–NBS descriptorVivid purple
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Rich lilac, the rich tone of lilac called lilac in the Pourpre.com colour list, a colour list popular in France, is shown at right. Another name for this colour is bright French lilac.

French lilac[edit]

French Lilac
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#86608E
sRGBB  (rgb)(134, 96, 142)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(6, 32, 0, 44)
HSV       (h, s, v)(290°, 32%, 56[8]%)
SourceISCC-NBS
ISCC–NBS descriptorModerate purple
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The colour French lilac is displayed at right.

This colour was formulated for use in interior design when a medium dark violet colour is desired.

The first recorded use of French lilac as a colour name in English was in 1814.[9]

In nature[edit]

The lilac-breasted roller is a member of the roller family of birds. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula.

In culture[edit]

Lilac was a colour associated with the final stages of mourning in English and European cultures.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #C8A2C8 (Lilac):
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill Page 197
  3. ^ de Caminha, Rafaela (2018). The Book of Colours: Lilac. Pelotas: Editora Coloratura.
  4. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #DCD0FF (Pale Lilac):
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-22. Retrieved 2011-09-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #D891EF (Bright Lilac):
  7. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #B666D2 (Rich Lilac (Bright French Lilac)):
  8. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #86608E (French Lilac):
  9. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 195; Color Sample of French Lilac: Page 111 Plate 44 Color Sample H7
  10. ^ Petch, Alison. "English Funeral and mourning clothing". web.prm.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-13.

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of lilac at Wiktionary