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 Colours of the University Boats, etc.Colours. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Accidental colours. Those colours seen on a white ground after looking for some time at a bright-coloured object, like the sun.   1
   Complementary colours. Colours which, in combination, produce white light.   2
        “The colour transmitted is always complementary to the one reflected.”—Brewster: Optics, xii.
   Fundamental colours. The seven colours of the spectrum: violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. Or red, yellow, blue, also called primary or simple colours.   3
   Secondary colours. Those which result from the mixture of two or more primary or simple colours.   4

 Colours of the University Boats, etc.Colours. 


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