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Apricot (color)

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Apricot (color)

    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #FBCEB1
sRGBB  (rgb) (251, 206, 177)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 18, 30, 16)
HSV       (h, s, v) (24°, 30%, 98[1]%)
Source Maerz and Paul[2]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Apricot is a light yellowish-orangish color that is similar to the color of apricots. However, it is somewhat paler than actual apricots.


  • Etymology 1
  • Variations of apricot 2
    • Light apricot 2.1
    • Mellow apricot 2.2
  • Apricot in human culture 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


An apricot and its cross section

The etymology of the color apricot (and the fruit): the word comes from the Arabic Al-birquq (itself from Greek berikokon, ultimately from Latin praecoquum). Apricot has been in use as a color name since 1851.[3]

Variations of apricot

Light apricot

Apricot (Crayola)
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #FDD5B1
sRGBB  (rgb) (253, 213, 177)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 6, 29, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (30°, 22%, 89%)
Source Crayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Displayed at right is the light tone of apricot called apricot since 1958 in Crayola crayons.

Mellow apricot

Mellow Apricot
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #F8B878
sRGBB  (rgb) (248, 184, 120)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 26, 52, 27)
HSV       (h, s, v) (30°, 52%, 97[4]%)
Source BS 5252
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Displayed at right the color mellow apricot.

This is one of the colors on the British Standards 5252 color list. This color is #06E50 on the 5252 color list. The 5252 color list is for colors used in color coordination and in building construction. The British Standard color lists were first formulated in 1930 and reached their present form in 1955.

Apricot in human culture


See also


  1. ^ Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #FBCEB1 (Apricot):
  2. ^ The color displayed in the color box above matches the color called apricot in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color apricot is displayed on page 43, Plate 10, Color Sample 7F.
  3. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930—McGraw-Hill. See page 189 for year of first recorded use of color name reference and page 43, Plate 10 Color Sample 7F for color sample of Apricot.
  4. ^ Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #F8B878 (Mellow Apricot):
  5. ^ Andrews, Vincent (2010), The Leatherboy Handbook, The Nazca Plains Corp.,  
  6. ^ Hankycode on access date 2012-03-30
  7. ^ Hankycode on access date 2010-03-30
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