noun \ˈtər-ˌkiz, -ˌkwiz\

: a bluish-green stone used in jewelry

: a bluish-green color

Full Definition of TURQUOISE

:  a mineral that is a blue, bluish-green, or greenish-gray hydrous basic phosphate of copper and aluminum, takes a high polish, and is valued as a gem when skyblue
:  a light greenish blue

Variants of TURQUOISE

tur·quoise also tur·quois \ˈtər-ˌkiz, -ˌkwiz\


Middle English turkeys, from Anglo-French turkeise, from feminine of turkeis Turkish, from Turc Turkish
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Jewelry Terms

bijou, brilliant, chase, facet, lapidary, paste

Rhymes with TURQUOISE


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate mineral, CuAl(PO)(OH)·4HO, that is used extensively as a gemstone. The colour of turquoise ranges from blue through various shades of green to greenish and yellowish gray. A delicate sky-blue, which provides an attractive contrast with precious metals, is most valued for gem purposes. Numerous deposits of turquoise in the southwestern U.S. have been worked for centuries by American Indians. The mineral also occurs in Iran, northern Africa, Australia, and Siberia.


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