Magenta (ma‧gen‧ta, /məˈdʒɛntə/) is a purplish-red, purplish-crimson, or purplish-pink colour. It is a primar colour in colour printin which, combined wi cyan, yellae an black in various combinations, can be uised tae create aw ither colours. The name comes frae the dye magenta, oreeginally cried fuchsine, discovered in 1859, an renamit efter the 1859 Battle o Magenta near Magenta, Italy whaur the French airmy defeatit the Austrians an helpit secure the unification o Italy.
Notes an citations
- Websters New World Dictionary of the American Language, College Edition, (1964); "a purplish red color."
- The Oxford English Dictionary on-line - "A light mauvish shade of crimson." ,
- Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th Edition, 2003. "A brilliant purple-pink aniline dye; the color of this dye."
- Philip Ball, Bright Earth, Art and the Invention of Colour, p. 312.