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Hex triplet  #008080
CMYK   (c, m, y, k)  (86, 31, 49, 8)
Source  HTML/CSS
sRGB  (r, g, b)  (0, 128, 128)
HSV       (h, s, v)  (180°, 100%, 50%)

Teal is a medium-saturated, blue-green color, similar to medium green and dark cyan. Its name comes from that of a bird—the common teal (Anas crecca)—which presents a similarly colored stripe on its head.


It can be created by mixing blue with green into a white base, or deepened as needed with a little bit of black or gray color. The complementary color of teal is maroon. It is also one of the initial group of 16 HTML/CSS web colors formulated in 1987.

The first recorded use of teal as a color name in English was in 1917.

Teal was a fad color during the 1990s, with, among others, many sports teams adopting the color for their uniforms.


Its name 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.

Teal blue

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 1990–2003. Teal-green: where it is a combination of blue/green but where the green is stronger with a hint of grey

Teal in human culture

  • Currency
  • The post-2004 redesigned version of the United States $100 bill features teal as its primary background color.
  • The 25 Czechoslovak koruna banknote issued in 1958 and again in 1961 by the Czechoslovak Finance Ministry has teal blue as its predominant color.
  • Design
  • Various tones of the color teal are used in fashion, interior design, industrial design, graphic design and web design. Teal was the default background color for the Windows 95 desktop.
  • Movies
  • Teal (and blue) with orange are frequently used with digital color casting in movies, aiming for a more dynamic and contrast-rich image.
  • Music
  • The DCI drum corp, Teal Sound uses teal as its primary color and obviously as part of its name which has become an icon of the group. The complimentary band for Teal Sound is Maroon 5.
  • Teal is the signature color of the virtual singer Hatsune Miku.
  • Comics
  • In the webcomic Homestuck the characters Terezi Pyrope and Latula Pyrope have a variation of teal (hex code #008282) as their blood color.
  • Religion
  • There is a supplement to the regular Unitarian Universalist English hymnal (the cover of which is colored slate gray) called the teal hymnal, which consists of hymns in Spanish. It was first introduced in 2005 and greatly expanded in 2009.
  • The Intercessors of the Lamb, a Roman Catholic lay ecclesial movement, wears as its habit a teal scapular, which symbolizes the community's role as intercessors between heaven (blue) and earth (green).
  • Sports
  • The Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association uses teal as one of their primary colors.
  • The Brisbane Heat uses teal for their whole uniform.
  • The Port Adelaide Football Club uses teal as one of its major colors. Its main colors are black with teal and white as its minor colors. It is the only team in the Australian Football League to use teal.
  • The San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League use teal as their main color. Their American Hockey League farm team San Jose Barracuda also play in teal.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League use teal as their primary color. The Miami Dolphins use a teal-like color called "aqua green".
  • The Detroit Pistons used teal as one of their primary colors from 1996 to 2001.
  • The Seattle Mariners use a variant shade of teal called "Northwest Green" as an official team color. The team also wears an alternate jersey using the color for Monday and Friday home games at Safeco Field.
  • The Penrith Panthers from the Australian National Rugby League use teal for their alternative strip.
  • Liverpool F.C. had a teal 3rd kit shirt for the 2008/09 season.
  • At least two NCAA Division I athletic programs use teal as a major color:
  • Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
  • UNC Wilmington Seahawks.
  • Awareness
  • Teal is the color of Food Allergy Awareness
  • Teal is the color of Sexual Violence Awareness
  • Teal is the color of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) 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.
  • References

    Teal Wikipedia

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