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What is the difference between maroon and burgundy?

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Burgundy and maroon are both shades of red. Burgundy is achieved by adding purple to red, while maroon is achieved by adding brown to red.

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What is the difference between maroon and burgundy?
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All colors are derived by mixing varying amounts of three primary colors: red, yellow and blue. For example, equal parts red and yellow yield orange, equal parts blue and yellow yield green, and equal parts blue and red yield purple. Adding black and white to the mix yields an infinite amount of shades and tints. In the hexadecimal notation system, as described by ColorHexa, each color is given an alphanumeric code for identification. The hexidecimal code for burgundy is #800020, and the hexidecimal code for maroon is #800000.

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