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Pink is a color often made by mixing red and white. This is sometimes described as being a light red, but it is more accurately a bright undersaturated red. Pink can also be used to describe other colors, including some more closely related to magenta than red, such as fuchsia and hot pink. There are many different shades of pink.
"Pink" was not a color word known to Shakespeare: it was invented in the 17th century to describe the light red flowers of pinks, flowering plants in the genus Dianthus, possibly named from the "pinked" edges of their petals appearing to have been cut with pinking shears.
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