\ ˈtēl How to pronounce teal (audio) \
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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What was once a collection filled with blue-and-silver creams and ointments is now replaced with colorful tubs and tubes in a variety of soothing blues, greens, and teals. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Skinfix's Products Are Getting More Eco-Friendly Packaging — and Coming to Sephora," 19 Mar. 2019 Blues and teals are still selling well, Nancy added, but the rise of blush pink has made people more open to richer colors. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Warning: You're Going To Be Obsessed With These Two Color Trends," 25 Sep. 2018 In addition to these new colors, the teal, olive and mauve Watch straps that were previously exclusively available through Nike’s iPhone app are now also available for purchase directly from Apple. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Apple cases for the iPhone XS increases to twelve, iPhone XR still zero," 30 Nov. 2018 While the group formed the aerial blockade, teal and red banners hung alongside the climbers, painted with artwork from Indigenous artists, representing the multitude of Indigenous communities that oppose the pipeline. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "12 Activists Blocked an Oil Tanker Transporting From the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline in Canada," 6 Sep. 2018 Carhartt has become the place where work wear meets streetwear, and this teal, four-panel hat is perfect for both fishermen and skaters alike. Max Berlinger, The Seattle Times, "Move over fedora, the bucket hat is back," 16 Aug. 2018 Many colors repeat: dark blue, orange, lavender, teal, and that mossy green in the dining room. Jen Renzi, House Beautiful, "Transforming a Traditional Tudor into a Youthful Family Home," 15 Jan. 2014 Today, Middleton and Prince William arrived together at the BBC station in London to continue their advocacy work during Anti-Bullying Week, and the Duchess made the case for high-impact teal and a higher hem. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Confirms the Knee-Length Dress Is a Classic," 15 Nov. 2018 The teal is back this weekend, and so are some past Marlins greats. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Jeff Conine, Livan Hernandez among former Marlins attending 25th anniversary celebration," 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


\ ˈtēl How to pronounce teal (audio) \

Kids Definition of teal

: a small wild duck of America and Europe

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