Meaning and Origin
What does the name Teal mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
Note: ☞ The common European teal (Anas crecca) and the European blue-winged teal, or garganey (Anas querquedula or Anas circia), are well-known species. In America the blue-winged teal (Anas discors), the green-winged teal (Anas Carolinensis), and the cinnamon teal (Anas cyanoptera) are common species, valued as game birds. See Garganey.
Etymology: OE. tele; akin to D. teling a generation, production, teal, telen to breed, produce, and E. till to cultivate. The English word probably once meant, a brood or flock. See Till to cultivate
- Any of various small short-necked dabbling river ducks of Europe and America
- A blue-green color or pigment
- Of a bluish shade of green
From Middle English tele, probably from an unrecorded Old English word *tǣle, cognate with West Frisian tjilling (“teal”), Middle Dutch teling ("teal"; Modern Dutch taling), Middle Low German telink, from Proto-Germanic *tailijaz. As the name of a shade of dark greenish-blue like the color patterns on the fowl's head and wings, it is attested from 1923.
- (countable) Any of various small freshwater ducks of the genus Anas that are brightly coloured and have short necks.
- (countable and uncountable) A dark, somewhat bluish-green colour; a dark cyan.
- teal colour: