\ˈtēl \
plural teal or teals

Definition of teal 

1 : teal blue

2 : any of various widely distributed small short-necked dabblers (genus Anas) — compare blue-winged teal, green-winged teal

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The camp’s roads can be bone-jarring even in a hulking SUV, and nearly impassable after a rainstorm, but they are still packed with merchants hawking just about everything in stalls painted upbeat turquoise and teal. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 Watching Fed and Coric in various shades of Nike teal in the Halle final leads me to ask—do the players camps communicate so the athletes don’t wear the exact same thing? Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Current Form or Past Slam Performance a Better Indicator of Success in Majors?," 27 June 2018 While out and about modeling Kanye West’s latest Yeezy Season 8 collection this week, Kardashian West and Jenner paired their skin-tight monochromatic looks with different styles of teal, mauve and rose gold mirrored sunglasses. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "It Looks Like Kanye West Is Letting Kim Kardashian Wear Big Sunglasses Again," 14 June 2018 The clutches, wristlets, and convertible shoulder bags have been rendered in teal, apricot, and bois de rose satin and velvet and feature delicate, lingerie-like linings—that is, until now. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "Blessed Be This Holy Handbag Capsule Collection Inspired by the 2018 Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Inside the bar, the plaid booths and quirky hunting-lodge look of Boone are gone; the Lost Whale takes a midcentury-modern tack, with walls in orange and in a patterned metallic teal. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Lost Whale, a green bar, is opening June 28 in Bay View," 19 June 2018 As the show proceeds through the decades, the gallery walls lighten to teal, then robin’s egg blue, then white, supporting the sensation of an art form opening and enlarging. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011’ Review: Capturing the Trend," 10 July 2018 There will be an alumni softball game before Sunday's game, and then the former players will disappear, along with this weekend's time warp and old teal. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Marlins' 25th Anniversary Weekend underlines Derek Jeter's obligation to heal deep wounds," 9 June 2018 The team is working teal, its original trademark color, back into its design scheme for 2018 as part of the 25th anniversary of its first season. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Should the Marlins bring back teal permanently and re-rebrand as the Florida Marlins?," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of teal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for teal

Middle English tele; akin to Middle Dutch teling teal

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English Language Learners Definition of teal

: a small duck found in Europe and America

: a dark greenish-blue color


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Kids Definition of teal

: a small wild duck of America and Europe

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