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Cardinal
 
Color coordinates
Hex triplet #C41E3A
Source Maerz and Paul
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) male
Cardinal bird (male)
Triple Portrait of Cardinal de Richelieu probably 1642, Philippe de Champaigne
The cardinal color takes its name from the color of the robes worn by cardinals.

Cardinal is a vivid red, which may get its name from the red robes worn by Catholic cardinals. The cardinal bird also takes its name from the cardinal bishops.

The first recorded use of cardinal as a color name in English was in the year 1698.

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