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cyan

[sahy-an, sahy-uh n]
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noun
  1. cyan blue.

Origin of cyan

First recorded in 1885–90, cyan is from the Greek word kýanos dark blue

cyan-1

  1. variant of cyano-1, usually before a vowel or h: cyanamide.

cyan-2

  1. variant of cyano-2, before a vowel.

cyan-3

  1. variant of cyano-3, before a vowel.
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cyan

noun
  1. a highly saturated green-blue that is the complementary colour of red and forms, with magenta and yellow, a set of primary colours
adjective
  1. of this coloura cyan filter

Word Origin

C19: from Greek kuanos dark blue

cyan-

combining form
  1. a variant of cyano- cyanamide; cyanide
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Word Origin and History for cyan

n.

1889, short for cyan blue (1879), from Greek 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."

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