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Azure
 
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Color coordinates
Hex triplet #007FFF
sRGBB  (rgb) (0, 127, 255)
HSV       (h, s, v) (210°, 100%, 100%)
Source On the RGB color wheel, Azure is defined as the colour halfway between blue and cyan. The colour halfway between blue and cyan on the RGB color wheel has a hex code of 007FFF.
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
Lapis lazuli block
lapis lazuli with its azure color

Azure is a color that looks like the color of the sky on a bright, clear day. It is a pure chroma on the RGB color wheel halfway between blue and cyan. The complementary color of azure is orange.

Meaning of azure

  • The flag of the United Nations is a tone of azure called "United Nations Azure" or "United Nations Blue" (shown below). It is also the color of the helmets worn by the United Nations peacekeeping forces.

Where the name comes from

The word azure comes from the Persian لاژورد lazhward. Lazhward was the name of a place. This place was famous for a kind of deep blue stone. Now we call this stone "lapis lazuli". This means "stone of Lazhward".

The word came to Old French by the twelfth century. The French used this word to talk about the colors of coats of arms. From the French the word came to the English. The first recorded use of azure as a color name in English was in 1374.

Heraldry

Azure tincture

In heraldry, the word azure simply means "blue". Azure is said to represent Jupiter and sapphires.

It belongs to the class of tinctures called "colors". In engraving, it is sometimes depicted as a region of horizontal lines or else marked with either az. or b. as an abbreviation.

In addition to the standard blue tincture called azure, there is a lighter blue sometimes found that is called bleu celeste or "sky blue". Neither azure nor bleu celeste is precisely defined as a particular shade of blue, but azure is consistently depicted in a much darker shade.

Azure in nature

Insects
  • Azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella), damselfly found in Europe
  • Azure hawker (Aeshna caerulea), dragonfly in the family Aeshnidae
Birds
  • Azure gallinule (Porphyrio flavirostris), bird in the rail family, Rallidae
  • Azure-hooded Jay (Cyanolyca cucullata) in tree, Costa Rica
    Azure-hooded jay in a tree
    Azure jay (Cyanocorax caeruleus) bird in the crow family, Corvidae
  • Azure kingfisher (Alcedo azurea), bird in the river kingfisher family, Alcedinidae
  • Azure Tit - Cyanistes cyanus
    Azure tit
    Azure tit (Cyanistes cyanus), bird in the tit family, Paridae
  • Azure-crowned hummingbird (Amazilia cyanocephala), a hummingbird in the family Trochilidae
  • Azure-hooded jay (Cyanolyca cucullata), bird in the crow family, Corvidae
  • Azure-naped jay (Cyanocorax heilprini), bird in the crow family, Corvidae
  • Azure-rumped tanager (Tangara cabanisi), bird in the family Thraupidae
  • Azure-shouldered tanager (Thraupis cyanoptera), bird in the family Thraupidae
  • Azure-winged magpie (Cyanopica cyana), bird in the crow family, Corvidae

Tones of azure color comparison chart

Azure Mist (web color "Azure") (Hex: #F0FFFF) (RGB: 240, 255, 255)
Alice Blue (web color) (Hex: #F0F8FF) (RGB: 240, 248, 255)
Bubbles (Xona.com color list) (Hex: #E7FEFF) (RGB: 231, 254, 255)
Beau Blue (Plochere) (Hex: #BCD4E6) (RGB: 188, 212, 230)
Pinewood Computer Core Complex Elevator Button (Hex: #8CB6E8) (RGB: 140, 182, 232) Baby Blue (Maerz & Paul) (Hex: #89CFF0) (RGB: 137, 207, 240)
Light Cornflower Blue (Crayola: Cornflower) (Hex: #93CCEA) (RGB: 147, 204, 234)
Columbia Blue (Columbia University) (Hex: #9BDDFF) (RGB: 155, 221, 255)
Baby Blue Eyes (Plochere) (Hex: #A1CAF1) (RGB: 161, 202, 241)
Light Sky Blue (web color) (Hex: #87CEFA) (RGB: 135, 206, 250)
Sky Blue (web color) (Hex: #87CEEB) (RGB: 135, 206, 235)
Medium Sky Blue (Crayola: Sky Blue) (Hex: #76D7EA) (RGB: 118, 215, 234)
Capri (Maerz & Paul) (web color "Deep Sky Blue") (Hex: #00BFFF) (RGB: 0, 191, 255)
Maya Blue (www.99colors.net) (Hex: #73C2FB) (RGB: 115, 194, 215)
Jordy Blue (Xona.com color list) (Hex: #8AB9F1) (RGB: 138, 185, 241)
Aero (Maerz & Paul) (Hex: #7CB9E8) (RGB: 124, 185, 232)
Picton Blue (Xona.com color list) (Hex: #45B1E8) (RGB: 69, 177, 232)
Khazakstani Azure (Khazakstani Flag) (Hex: #00AFCA) (RGB: 0, 175, 202
Ukrainian Azure (Ukrainian Flag) (Hex: #42ADDE) (RGB: 66, 173, 222)
United Nations Azure (United Nations Blue) (UN Flag) (Hex: #5B92E5) (RGB: 91, 146, 229)
Bleu de France (Pourpre.com) (Hex: #318CE7) (RGB: 49, 140, 231)
Cornflower Blue (web color) (Hex: #6495ED) (RGB: 100, 149, 237)
Dodger Blue (web color) (Hex: #1E90FF) (RGB: 30, 144, 255)
AZURE (color wheel) (Hex: #007FFF) (RGB: 0, 127, 255)
Brandeis Blue (Brandeis University) (Hex: #0070FF) (RGB: 0, 112, 255)
Deep Azure (Crayola: Blue) (Hex: #0066FF) (RGB: 0, 102, 255)
Teknikk X8400 (Hex: #2580EC) (RGB: 37, 128, 236) Royal Blue (web color) (Hex: #4169E1) (RGB: 65, 105, 225)
True Blue (UCLA sports teams) (Hex: #0073CF) (RGB: 0, 115, 207)
Bright Navy Blue (Navy Blue (Crayola)) (Hex: #0066CC) (RGB: 0, 102, 204)
Denim (Crayola) (Hex: #1560BD) (RGB: 21, 96, 189)
Green-Blue (Crayola) (Hex: #1164B4) (RGB: 17, 100, 180)
Star Command Blue (ISCC-NBS) (Hex: #007BB8) (RGB: 0, 123, 184)
Medium Azure (Azure Blue) (Pantone TPX 17-4139) (Hex: #458AC6) (RGB: 69, 138, 198)
Silver Lake Blue (Pantone TPX 17-4030) (Hex: #5D89BA) (RGB: 93, 137, 186)
Air Force Blue (RAF) (Royal Air Force flag) (Hex: #5D8AA8) (RGB: 93, 138, 168)
Air Superiority Blue (U.S. Federal Standard 595 #FS 5450) (Hex: #72A0C1) (RGB: 114, 160, 193)
Wild Blue Yonder (Crayola) (Hex: #A2ADD0) (RGB: 162, 173, 208)
Forget-Me-Not (ISCC-NBS #181) (Hex: #70A3CC) (RGB: 112, 163, 204)
Argentinian Azure (Vexillogy) (color of Argentinian flag) (Hex: #74ACDF) (RGB: 116, 172, 223)
Celestial Blue (Blue Heaven) (Plochere) (Hex: #4997D0) (RGB: 73, 151, 208)
Tufts Blue (Tufts University) (Hex: #417DC1) (RGB: 72, 145, 206)
Steel Blue (web color) (Hex: #4682B4) (RGB: 70, 130, 180)
Cerulean (www.99colors.net) (Hex: #007BA7) (RGB: 0, 123, 167)
French Blue (Maerz & Paul) (Hex: #0072BB) (RGB: 0, 114, 187)
Honolulu Blue (Detroit Lions) (Hex: #006DBA) (RGB: 0, 109, 176)
Blue Yonder (Pantone TPX 18-3937) (Hex: #5072A7) (RGB: 80, 114, 167)
Lapis Lazuli (Pourpre.com) (Hex: #26619c) (RGB: 38, 97, 156)
Swedish Azure (Swedish flag) (Hex: #005B99) (RGB: 0, 91, 153)
Sapphire (Maerz and Paul) (Hex: #0F52BA) (RGB: 15, 82, 186)
Royal Azure (Pantone Blue #286) (Hex: #0038A8) (RGB: 0, 56, 186)
Air Force Blue (USAF) (United States Air Force) (Hex: #00308F) (RGB: 0, 48, 143)
Royal Blue (traditional) (ISCC-NBS) (Hex: #002366) (RGB: 0, 35, 102)



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