cyan

[sahy-an, sahy-uh n]

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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Examples from the Web for cyan

Contemporary Examples of cyan

  • The Daily Pic: Barb Choit shows us old images as they fade to black – or cyan.

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    CPR For Dying Photos

    Blake Gopnik

    November 24, 2012

  • Cyan likes the rapper Nicki Minaj and has been known to call Minaj her sister.

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    Is She a Killer?

    Bryan Curtis

    December 30, 2009

  • Erika Brown said Cyan is the kind of daughter who is almost too forthcoming for her mother.

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    Is She a Killer?

    Bryan Curtis

    December 30, 2009

  • When the rest of the reporters arrived Wednesday, he would give them the Cyan Brown story.

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    Is She a Killer?

    Bryan Curtis

    December 30, 2009

  • Erika Brown had spent a half hour with Cyan in the station before she was locked away Tuesday.

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    Is She a Killer?

    Bryan Curtis

    December 30, 2009

Historical Examples of cyan


British Dictionary definitions for cyan

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 for cyan

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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