Viridian is a cyan pigment, a hydrated chromium(III) oxide, of medium saturation and relatively dark value. It consists mostly of green, followed by blue. Specifically, it’s a shade of spring green, which places the color between green and teal on the color wheel, or in paint, a tertiary teal color. Viridian derives its name from the Latin viridis, which means green. The first recorded use of Viridian as a color name in English was in 1860 (exact year uncertain).