A List of Black Things: What Is It?

Black, the deepest hue in the colour wheel, is referred to as being achromatic. This indicates that it lacks any shades, such as grey and white. Although black is thought to be colourless, it may be created by combining the three primary colours of red, yellow, and blue. Black doesn’t reflect light back to your eye since it absorbs it.

Vantablack, which was developed by British scientists, is the darkest substance known to man and absorbs 99.9% of visible light.

Dark in Color

Around us, there are a lot of black items. Penguins, fruit bats, black widow spiders, crows, panthers, cats, dogs, rats, ravens, bears, ants, and several other black insects are some examples of these. Animals are not the only things in nature that are black; black tourmaline, black sapphire, and black diamonds are also black, as are coal, oil, soot, graphite, and tar.

The moniker “Black Sea” refers to the sea’s extremely dark water. The gravity of black holes in space is so strong that nothing can escape from them, including light. Supersonic ice is said to be hot and black, and it may be present throughout the solar system. The darker the storm clouds appear, the fuller they are.

Black defines shadows. Of course, a starless night makes the already pitch-black evening sky considerably darker. However, due to their great blackness, many naturally “black” objects are actually different hues that are mistaken for black.

Black and artificial

Black is a colour that is utilised frequently. Around the world, little black dresses and biker jackets are fashionable, as are tuxedos, full-length chadors, and everything in between. Black shoes, belts, and hats are all highly popular. Black is a common colour for cosmetics like nail polish, mascara, and charcoal eyeliner.

Black is a typical colour for cars and car tyres, as well as for several musical instruments like pianos, oboes, and clarinets. Black is a common colour for accessories and furniture. Roads have black paving. Black window tinting is an option. To put it simply, anything can be black.

Red Food

Black foods include licorice, black trumpet mushrooms, black sesame seeds, black rice, black tea, black garlic, black beans, black pepper, black lentils, squid ink pasta, and blackberries. Even darker ice cream and crackers have been coloured with charcoal.

In Psychology, Black

According to legend, black symbolises sombre attitudes, severity, misery, and depression. Although black is typically worn at funerals, it is also thought to be fashionable, sophisticated, to give one an appearance of power, and to look elegant or seductive.


Black has an oddly complex connotation. Black cats are now seen as good luck, despite historically being associated with evil. Black is associated with mystery, might, and power. However, it is also linked to conservatism, negativity, and secrecy. Its negative associations include being the black sheep, getting a black mark, having a black mood, getting a metaphorical black eye, and having a black heart.

On the other hand, it has elegant and dramatic meanings that assist to suggest certainty and offer protection, such as being in the black (profitable), black gold, attending a black tie event, and possessing a black belt in martial arts.

Different Cultural Views of Black

Black in Africa is a symbol of maturity and masculinity. The colour denotes both death and rebirth in the Middle East. It also represents evil and mystery. In Asian nations like China, black is viewed as having a more positive connotation and is connected with boys, prosperity, and good health.

In Japan, black represents the feminine spirit while in India it is associated with death and revolt. It denotes both sadness and, on the positive side, masculinity in South America. It is seen as a formal and refined colour in Western societies, where it is also connected to death and sadness.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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