What Color Is Aqua?


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Aqua is a bluish-green color, similar to the color of water off of a tropical beach. The term "aqua" is a synonym for cyan when discussing Web colors and electronic displays that use the RGB color model. The cyan used in printers is not quite the same color.

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The cyan used in printers is a slightly darker shade of bluish-green, closer to turquoise than to aqua. This cyan is used as a primary color to generate other colors, while the cyan/aqua used by electronic displays is a secondary color, made by combining fully saturated blue and fully saturated green light in equal amounts. This produces a vivid color similar to a clear sky in strong daylight. Aqua is also sometimes called electric cyan.

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