color, effect produced on the eye and its associated nerves by light waves of different wavelength or frequency. Light transmitted from an object to the eye stimulates the different color cones of the retina, thus making possible perception of various colors in the object.
Sections in this article:
- The Visible Spectrum
- Apparent Color of Objects
- Symbolic Uses of Color
- Properties of Colors
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