From Cambridge Dictionary

The dress was bright red.

I totally understand this use.

From a tutorial

The water was a kind of dark green colour.

I don't really understand this use.

Is it common to say something is some color?

Does the following one mean the same thing?

The water was a kind of dark green.

  • We can use a colour name with the word 'colour' if we are trying to describe a colour which is not one of the main colours, or is in between one colour and another, or we are making a guess at describing it (the phrase 'a kind of' indicates this). His suit was a grey-brown colour; her eyes were a sort of hazel colour. Jun 7, 2020 at 21:41
  • If we wish to describe a shade of colour, we might say e.g. 'a blue-green colour'. Jun 8, 2020 at 11:21

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This is fairly common, and afaik is correct usage. It isn't necessary to designate green as a color, but there's nothing wrong with it.

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