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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
American teal duck (male)
Green-winged teal (male)
Common teal duck (male)
Teal iceberg
The flag of Sri Lanka uses teal.
The flag of Sri Lanka uses teal.

Teal is a greenish-blue 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] It is also one of the first group of 16 HTML/CSS web colors. 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.

In North America, 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.

Deep sea green[edit]

Deep sea green
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#255456
sRGBB (r, g, b)(37, 84, 86)
HSV (h, s, v)(182°, 57%, 34%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(33, 20, 197°)
SourceBenjamin Moore[10]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Deep sea green is one of the paint colors manufactured and marketed by American paint company Benjamin Moore.[11]

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.
Armies that used feldgrau, cadet gray and similar shades of grayish green for field uniforms in the late 19th and early 20th century commonly used more saturated color for officers, often tending on teal. The armed forces of the Netherlands used teal field uniforms up to the 2nd World War.[13] Some of the modern parade uniforms of the Russian Armed Forces are also teal, though named "wave-green" in the service.[14]
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.[16]
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 organised 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 a group of independent candidates in the 2022 Australian federal election who campaigned on a platform highlighting the importance of climate change action, tackling corruption in politics, and gender equality.[18][19] These candidates are largely supported by Climate 200 and are often referred to by the media as 'teals' because that color is a dominant feature in some of their campaigns. Nominally, their policy platform reflected those of both the Liberals and the Greens.
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.[20]
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.[21][22]


Teal, along with Bronze, is the school color for Coastal Carolina University.[23]

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. 14 July 2014. 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. Dictionary. Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Benjamin Moore Deep Sea Green (735) Paint color codes, similar paints and palettes - colorxs.com". www.colorxs.com. Retrieved 10 December 2022.
  11. ^ "Deep Sea Green 735 | Benjamin Moore". www.benjaminmoore.com. Retrieved 2 January 2023.
  12. ^ "The Sri Lankan National Flag". The Sunday Times Sri Lanka. Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  13. ^ Rathbone, Tod. "Royal Netherlands Army Air". Rathbone Museum. Retrieved 16 April 2023.
  14. ^ "Форма одежды в ВС РФ". Uniform. Russian Armed Forces. Retrieved 16 April 2023.
  15. ^ "What are the 10 best desktop wallpapers ever?". CNET. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  16. ^ van Hurkman, Alexis (2013). Color Correction Look Book.
  17. ^ Friedman, Vanessa (12 October 2021). "'Squid Game' Has Made Tracksuits Hot". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Butler, Josh (27 April 2022). "The rise of the teal independents and the battle for Wentworth". The Guardian.
  20. ^ "Color teal: Meaning and how to use it in branding". Mojomox. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  21. ^ "Ovarian Cancer National Alliance – We work to save women's lives". Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
  22. ^ "Cancer screening". www.bbc.co.uk. BBC Inside Out. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  23. ^ "Visual Standards - Coastal Carolina University". www.coastal.edu. Retrieved 7 March 2024.

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of Teal at Wiktionary