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The Word "Pink" Wasn't Originally A Color

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No one called anything "pink" until the mid-nineteenth century. Before it was a color, the word pink meant a young salmon or a sword-fighting wound. It also referred to pinking shears. The pink dianthus flower has scalloped edges, which is the pattern that pinking shears make. The color of this flower (pink) was named after those specific scissors.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Electromagnetically speaking, pink is not a color on the light spectrum. 00:26

  2. The pink feather pigment of flamingos comes from the beta carotene in their diets. 00:45

  3. Pink diamonds are a mystery to scientists—they don't know what kind of seismic shock would have been required to create them. 01:15

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