|Indian Pigments (image by Dan Brady)|
Cerulean is for the blue-green family, and dates from the 1660s. So we historical writers will want to use that one instead of...
Teal - not used for a color until 1923! Before that, "teal" just meant a small duck, whose head is said color. We took the color name from the duck name, not the other way around.
Fuchsia, which I can NEVER spell without the help of a dictionary, was the name of a plant in the 1700s, but didn't get applied to the reddish-purple color in general until 1923.
And don't think you can instead use magenta! Magenta was so-called in honor of a battle in a town called Magenta in Italy in 1860, where a rich dye was discovered soon after the fighting ended.
Turquoise - again, the stone has been known and named a goodly while--since the 1560s. But it wasn't used to describe the color until 1853.
Lavender has the same story. The plant has been a word since the 1300s, but apparently people didn't use it for the color until 1840.
Aubergine is an eggplant--the original word for it. The deep purple color we associate with eggplant was also first called aubergine (the first veggie called "eggplant" was apparently a white variety, oddly...). But keeping in this pattern, it wasn't actually applied to the word until 1895.
Okay, that should do us for today. ;-) Have a colorful one!