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secondary color

noun, Art.
a color, as orange, green, or violet, produced by mixing two primary colors.
Origin of secondary color
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We know that the primary colors are red, yellow and blue, and that the combination of any two of these gives a secondary color.

    Color Value C. R. Clifford
  • The eye perceives neither color, but orange,--the secondary color.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
secondary color in Science
secondary color  
A color produced by mixing two additive primary colors in equal proportions. The secondary colors are cyan (a mixture of blue and green), magenta (a mixture of blue and red), and yellow (a mixture of green and red). Each secondary color is also the complementary color (or complement) of the primary color whose wavelength it does not contain. Thus cyan is the complement of red, magenta is the complement of green, and yellow is the complement of blue. See Note at color.
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