Maize (color)

Maize (color)

Maize (#FBEC5D)

Cereal maize the color is named for.

The color maize or corn refers to a shade of yellow; it is named for the cereal of the same name—maize (the cereal maize is called corn in the Americas). In public usage, maize can be applied to a variety of shades, ranging from light yellow to a dark shade that borders on orange, since the color of maize may vary.

The first recorded use of maize as a color name in English was in 1861. [1]

Maize in human culture


  • "Light maize in color, this wildflower is found only now and then in our area, and treasured for its rarity. The three clumps, two near the east fence under a thriving red-stemmed dogwood and one beside a weathered stump, gave us a thrill last spring with their first buds."[2]


  • "For slow cases, one can use the method... in which a solution of thymol blue has had its pH value adjusted so that it is maize in color and any slight increase in the acidity will make the solution turn blue."[3]


  • Maize is one of the two colors used by the University of Michigan Wolverines (the other being blue) although the actual shade of yellow used has varied over time; however, it always approaches the color of corn.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 198; Color Sample of Maize: Page 43 Plate 10 Color Sample G5
  2. ^ Rodale, Jerome Irving (1965). Organic gardening. Rodale Press. p. 54. 
  3. ^ Debler, Walter R. (1990). Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals. Prentice Hall. p. 615. ISBN 9780133223712. 
  4. ^ Liene Karels (Fall 1996). "What colors are maize and blue?". Michigan Today. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 

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