Black: The [Absence of] Color
Is black a color? The official definition of black is the absence of color, but the question really isn’t that simple. Think of the little black dress or black tie worn on special occasions. Black lace is sexy and seductive; black sackcloth is for mourning. If the black sheep of the family wants to join an exclusive club s/he might well be blackballed. Black ops are secret military operations; black magic is practiced by evil witches.
Here is a small samping of the many black animals to be found: horse, Javanese Ayam Cemani chicken, swan, butterfly, jaguar, zebras.
- BLACKBALL: Vote against; deny membership
- BLACK OPS: Covert operation
- BLACK MAGIC: Dark or evil magic
- BLACK HOLE: Empty [outer] space
- BLACK COMEDY: The humor found in dark topics
- BLACKMAIL: Extort money to keep secrets
- BLACK BELT: Expert status in martial arts
- BLACK-HEARTED: Evil
- BLACK SHEEP: Odd person out (often: disreputable)
Tasty black foods: licorice, black tagliatelle pasta, caviar, blackberries, truffles, mussels, garlic, olives, grapes.
While black flowers are not common there are a few, although technically they are very deep purple. Shown here: taca (aka bat flowerO, rose, and iris.
Naturally-occurring black gems and minerals are mysterious and often breathtakingly beautiful. Here are a few examples. I confess that I had to add a couple of less showy examples that I really like: a chunk of black lava and a small grouping of black rocks from my favorite San Diego beach.
Yellow: The Color