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This airticle is aboot the colour. For ither uisses, see Black (disambiguation).

Black is the colour o coal, ebony, an the nicht sky. It is the gey daurkest colour, the result o the absence o or complete absorption o licht. It is the opposite o white.[1]

In Europe an the Unitit States, it is the colour maist commonly associate wi mourning, the end, secrets, magic, pouer, violence, evil, an elegance.[2]


  1. Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 5th Edition (2002): "Opposite to white: colourless from the absence or complete absorption of light. Also, so near this as to have no distinguishable colour, very dark." See also Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (1964): "The darkest color." Le Petit Larousse Illustré, (1997) "Se dit de la couleur la plus foncée, due à l'absence ou à l'absorption totale des rayons lumineux." ("Said of the very darkest colour, due to the absence or complete absorption of all rays of light.")
  2. Eva Heller (2000), Psychologie de la couleur - effets et symboliques (pp. 105−127) (in French)