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cyan (ˈsaɪæn Pronunciation for cyan ; ˈsaɪən Pronunciation for cyan

Definitions

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 colour   ⇒ a cyan filter

Word Origin

C19: from Greek kuanos dark blue

cyan-

Definitions

combining form

  1. a variant of cyano-   ⇒ cyanamide, cyanide

cyano- or (before a vowel) cyan-

Definitions

combining form

  1. blue or dark blue   ⇒ cyanotype
  2. indicating cyanogen   ⇒ cyanohydrin
  3. indicating cyanide

Word Origin

from Greek kuanos (adj) dark blue, (n) dark blue enamel, lapis lazuli

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