Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A greenish blue, one of the subtractive primary colors.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as cyanogen.

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  • noun A colour between blue and green in the visible spectrum; the complementary colour of red; the colour obtained by subtracting red from white light.
  • adjective Of the colour cyan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a primary subtractive color for light; has a blue-green color
  • adjective of a bluish shade of green

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek kuanos, dark blue.]

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Ancient Greek κύανος (kyanos, "dark blue, dark blue enamel, lapis lazuli"), probably a non Indo-European word, but perhaps akin to, or from, Hittite *kuwanna(n)- "copper blue."

Examples

  • Scientists have used three fluorescent proteins in cyan, yellow and red – colours similar to those used by a computer printer – to colour the brain of a mouse.

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  • The opposite of yellow in pigments and dyes is magenta+cyan, which is blue.

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  • The first challenge is to find the colour fabrics needed: bright green, bright yellow, black and cyan, which is a bluey-green sort of pale turquiose.

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  • The first challenge is to find the colour fabrics needed: bright green, bright yellow, black and cyan, which is a bluey-green sort of pale turquiose.

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  • 'Pears like to me dey wuz more of 'em, but some how I jes' cyan '' member no more 'bout 'em.

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  • While he created GFP mutants that emit various colours such as cyan, blue and yellow he struggled to produce a red GFP mutant unit.

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  • BIT_OR (CASE val WHEN 'cyan' THEN 1 WHEN 'yellow' THEN 2 ELSE 0 END) as bitvals, count (*)

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  • Eating chocolate cake, drinking tea and playing scrabble was how we whiled away the afternoon (not really the Lonely Planet travelling life!), and after arguments about the words 'cyan', 'fiche', 'yeti' and 'rancor', we then had to invest in a little English dictionary.

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  • There are roughly 600 common color names such as cyan or lime green, but thousands of actual colors that designers can pick.

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  • While he created GFP mutants that emit various colours such as cyan, blue and yellow he struggled to produce a red GFP mutant unit.

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