cadmium yellow

noun

1
: a pigment consisting of cadmium sulfide and barium sulfate with or without zinc sulfide and varying in hue from lemon yellow to orange

called also in its orange hues cadmium orange

2
: a strong orange that is yellower and paler than pumpkin, yellower, less strong, and slightly lighter than cadmium orange and yellower and paler than mandarin orange

called also aurora yellow, daffodil yellow, nasturtium yellow, orient yellow, radiant yellow

Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cadmium yellow was in 1843

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“Cadmium yellow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cadmium%20yellow. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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