Hex colour reference: #1fcecb
A colourful note: this striking shade appeared in the Crayola crayon boxes in 1992, nameless, as part of the public naming competition. The winner with the cute name of robin’s egg blue was Christopher Straub, aged 8, from Bristol, Vermont, and the name took up permanent residence from 1993.
Crayola crayons are not the first occurrence of this as a colour name, though. Its first recorded use as a colour term in English was in 1873! It resembles the shade of eggs laid by the American robin (which has a red breast but is not related to the European robin). The colour is also referred to as eggshell blue.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 27 March 2016
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