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secondary color

noun

, Art.
  1. a color, as orange, green, or violet, produced by mixing two primary colors.


secondary color

  1. 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.
  2. See Note at color


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Word History and Origins

Origin of secondary color1

First recorded in 1825–35
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Example Sentences

The eye perceives neither color, but orange,--the secondary color.

We know that the primary colors are red, yellow and blue, and that the combination of any two of these gives a secondary color.

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