Teal is a medium blue - green (primarily blue ) color , similar to cyan. Its name comes from that of a bird —the common teal (Anas crecca)—which presents a similarly colored stripe on its head .
It can be created by mixing blue with green into a white base, or deepened as needed with black or gray . The complementary color of teal is maroon . It is also one of the initial group of 16 HTML /CSS web colors formulated in 1987.
The first recorded use of teal as a color name in English was in 1917.
Teal was a fad color during the 1990s , with, among others, many sports teams adopting the color for their uniforms.