Pronounced Pron. mə-JEN-tə
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Contributor Contrib.Polly Names on 2/18/2011
Named for the deep pink colour. The dye to make the colour was discovered and named shortly after the Battle of Magenta in 1859. The colour may have been inspired by the colour of the uniforms worn by the French troops, or by the colour of the land soaked in blood after the battle. Magenta itself is a town in northern Italy. Its name means “castle of Maxentius” - referring to the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius. His surname comes from the Latin for “great”.Magenta was a character in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” musical play and movie. She was a domestic maid played by Patricia Quinn.