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cyan

[sahy-an, sahy-uh n] /ˈsaɪ æn, ˈsaɪ ən/
noun
1.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Greek 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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  • Two branches that turned up in the global ocean survey are in cyan.
  • The array of pigments can also convert cyan, green or yellow to red.
  • They shed a vague illumination back into the building, casting faint cyan shadows.
British Dictionary definitions for cyan

cyan

/ˈsaɪæn; ˈsaɪən/
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
2.
of this colour: a cyan filter
Word Origin
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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