Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) any of various small short-necked dabbling river ducks of Europe and America
  2. (noun, attribute) a blue-green color or pigment
  3. (adj, all) of a bluish shade of green

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Teal

  1. 1314, "small freshwater duck," probably from an unrecorded O.E. word cognate with M.Du. teling "teal," M.L.G. telink, from W.Gmc. *taili. As the name of a shade of dark greenish-blue like the color patterns on the fowl's head and wings, it is attested from 1923. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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