Fuchsia vs. Magenta

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Main Difference

The main difference between Fuchsia and Magenta is that the Fuchsia is a genus of plants and Magenta is a color visible between red and purple; subtractive (CMY) primary color.

  • Fuchsia

    Fuchsia ( ) is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) about 1696–1697 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier, during his third expedition to the Greater Antilles. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501–1566).

  • Magenta

    Magenta () is a color that is variously defined as purplish-red, reddish-purple, purplish, or mauvish-crimson. On computer screens, it is made by mixing equal amounts of blue and red. On color wheels of the RGB (additive) and CMY (subtractive) color models, it is located midway between red and blue. It is the complementary color of green. It is one of the four colors of ink used in color printing and by an inkjet printer, along with yellow, black, and cyan, to make all the other colors. The tone of magenta used in printing is called “printer’s magenta”.

    Magenta took its name from an aniline dye made and patented in 1859 by the French chemist François-Emmanuel Verguin, who originally called it fuchsine. It was renamed to celebrate the Italian-French victory at the Battle of Magenta fought between the French and Austrians on June 4, 1859, near the Italian town of Magenta in Lombardy. A virtually identical color, called roseine, was created in 1860 by two British chemists, Chambers Nicolson and George Maule.

    The web color magenta is also called fuchsia.

  • Fuchsia (noun)

    A popular garden plant, of the genus Fuchsia, of the Onagraceae family, shrubs with red, pink or purple flowers.

  • Fuchsia (noun)

    A purplish-red colour, the color of fuchsin, an aniline dye.


  • Fuchsia (adjective)

    Having a purplish-red colour.

  • Magenta (noun)

    A light purple, purplish-red, or pinkish purple colour obtained by mixing red and blue light (thus a secondary colour), but primary in the CMYK colour system used in printing.




  • Magenta (adjective)

    having the colour of fuchsia, fuchsine, light purple.

  • Fuchsia (noun)

    a shrub with pendulous tubular flowers that are typically of two contrasting colours. They are native to America and New Zealand and are commonly grown as ornamentals.

  • Fuchsia (noun)

    used in names of plants of other families with flowers similar to the fuchsia, e.g. native fuchsia.

  • Fuchsia (noun)

    a vivid purplish-red colour like that of the sepals of a typical fuchsia flower

    “dresses in fuchsia and lavender”

  • Magenta (noun)

    a light mauvish-crimson which is one of the primary subtractive colours, complementary to green

    “a short magenta dress”

    “bright pink double flowers each lined in dark magenta”

  • Magenta (noun)

    the dye fuchsin.

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