Only 23% of People Can Identify 100% of These Colors Based on an Image! Are you one of them?

By: Bri O.
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The average human eye can perceive approximately 10 million different colors. This quiz covers just some of the most well-known ones. Can you tell the difference between navy blue and royal blue? Play on to find out!

In 1859, a French chemist named Francois-Emmanuel Verguin patented a color named fuchsine, which was later renamed magenta. Magenta appears in many 1960s psychedelic art pieces.

Coral is considered a shade of orange. The first use of coral to describe color rather than in reference to the sea animal was in 1513.

Vajrayana Buddhist monks, including the Dali Lama, wear maroon robes. Another fun fact: Crayola first debuted a bright maroon crayon in 1949.

Prior to 1930, lavender was used mainly in reference to the plant. But with the publishing of "A Dictionary of Color," which detailed three shades of lavender, it became a reference to describe color as well. Lavender has been a symbol for gay rights since the '50s.

U.S. $100 bills issued after 2004 are primarily teal in color. It was also a particularly trendy color in the '90s.

There are four variations of the color olive: olive drab, olive green, dark olive green, and black olive. During WWII, military vehicles and uniforms were olive drab in color.

Shallow water on the coastline is often cyan - sunlight produces the color red, which is absorbed by the water, resulting in its cyan shade. People experiencing difficulties in absorbing oxygen can develop a blue tint to their skin, a condition called cyanosis.

Mint is considered a variation of spring green. The color has been popular in the fashion world for the past few years.

'Beige' is derived from the French word for unbleached, undyed natural wool. The color has many variations due to its popularity in the 1920s.

Sergeant Pepper from the famous Beatles album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," wore a lime green uniform. Like turquoise, lime green was popular in the '90s, along with other bold, eye-popping colors.

Many people alive today would be surprised to find that pink was considered a more masculine color in the early 1900s. This norm was flipped in the 1940s, when blue became representative of masculinity.

The color khaki was introduced to the English language and popular vocabulary in 1848 by way of military uniforms. Khaki pants are technically called Chinos, with khaki just being one color variation of the pants.

Salmon has been used to describe color in the US English language since 1776. The actual color of salmon, the fish, varies based on how much krill and shrimp the fish eats.

The crayola marker equivalent of the color orchid is called "desert flower." The color orchid is also used for awareness ribbons representing prostate, penile, and testicular cancers.

The blue ink in fountain and ball point pens is typically royal blue. Up until the 1950s, royal blue was considered simply a deep, darker blue, but not its own unique shade.

Crayola considers the color sea green to be a hue of green, and it is also considered a shade of the color cyan. Crayola adopted the color in 1949.

Plum is a variation of the color magenta. It has been used to describe color in US English since 1805 ​and is considered a suitable color to wear for formal occasions.

It's believed that the color red can elicit feelings of anxiety. According to a 2014 study, people tend to associate fruity smells with shades of pink and red, and musty smells with shades of brown and orange.

Sky blue is specifically the shade of blue the sky is at 12 noon. Crayola introduced the color in 1958.

Historically, the color violet has been representative of royalty, and specific members of the Catholic Church wear violet (Bishops and Archbishops). Violet was also one of the colors of the feminist movement of the '70s.

The name comes from the mineral aquamarine and is reflective of the mineral's color. It is believed to be a calming color, so much so that nurse scrubs are sometimes aquamarine to promote calmness in patients.

Tan comes from the word tannum, meaning oak bark, which was used in the tanning of leather hides. It's considered a light shade of brown.

This color is named after the fossilized resin called amber and is reflective of the material's color. People commonly mistake amber for a stone, but it comes from ancient tree sap tens of millions of years old.

The color apricot is slightly paler than the actual fruit. It has been used to describe color since 1851, the same year Crayola introduced an apricot-colored crayon.

Mahogany wood is usually stained with variations of the color mahogany, which is very similar in color to the actual wood. This type of wood is usually used for crafting quality furniture pieces.

This color is meant to reflect the color of the skin of a typical lemon. It has been used to describe color since 1598.

The color is named after the color of traditional Navy uniforms for various countries since 1748, starting with the British Royal Navy. Originally, the color was called marine blue, but was quickly changed.

Cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church wear the color scarlet, which is also associated with sacrifice and the blood of Christ. The London Household Cavalry traditional uniforms are scarlet as well.

On the RGB (HSV) color wheel, rose is directly between red and magenta. Spring green is considered rose's complementary color.

This color's name comes from, and is the same as, the French word for cherry ("cerise"). The first time cerise was used to describe color in US English was in 1858.

This word was first used to describe a color in 1886. Today it is also the color of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest champion's belt.

Not all lilac flowers are the color lilac. Some are a red-violet color. The first recorded use of lilac as a way to describe color in US English was in 1775.

The color Indigo is named after the plant of the same name, which was once used to dye cloth. It's one of the seven colors of the rainbow.

The US English spelling of the color is "gray," while the British English version of the world is spelled "grey." It's considered an achromatic color, which means it is "without" or devoid of color.

Blush was first used to describe color in English in 1590. The makeup commonly referred to as 'blush' is also called 'rouge.'

Crayola retired their dandelion-colored crayon in March of 2017. The color's replacement is set to be announced on September 14th, 2017. Crayola fans are encouraged to vote on its website to choose which will be the "New Blue" crayon color's name.

It is meant to reflect the color of pistachio ice cream and pudding. The first recorded use of the word to describe color in English was in 1789.

Taupe is intended to reflect the color of French mole fur. Because there are many variations in French mole fur color, there are also many variations in what is considered a shade of taupe.

Dorothy, the protagonist in the "Wizard of Oz," is well-remembered for her magical slippers, which are ruby in color. A ruby is a gemstone, usually pink to blood-red in color, and it is also the birthstone for the month of July.

Black is the color produced by the total absence, or total absorption, of light. Named for its pitch black body, female black widows are known to eat their male partners after they're done mating.

In addition to eggshell, pearl is also a common color choice when it comes to interior design and wall color. It was first written in English as a way to describe color in 1804.

The copperhead snake earned its name based off of the distinct copper coloring between its eyes. It was first used in English as a way to describe color in 1594.

Charcoal was first documented in English as a way to describe color in 1606. It is intended to reflect the color of charred wood.

Chartreuse is the color of the safety vest worn by people who direct traffic due to its bright, highly visible, bold properties. Naturally-occurring yellow-green algae is considered to be chartreuse in color.

The name originated in Ireland and was first used in English in 1917. When it comes to interior design, kelly green is often used as a highlighting method for drawing attention to a certain aspect of a room, like a window pane.

When it comes to fashion, tangerine pairs well with magenta. As for graphic design, tangerine is often used as a way to make certain aspects of a design stand out.

There are two chestnut-colored birds: The chestnut-colored woodpecker and the chestnut-backed chickadee. The word was first used in English as a way to describe color in 1555.

Because chicken eggs are usually either white or brown, the color eggshell is a mixture of the two. Eggshell is a popular color when it comes to painting office and household walls.

There's a peach-colored mushroom species.

This color is named after French burgundy wine. It was a widely popular lipstick color in the '90s and early 2000s.

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