topaz

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noun to·paz \ˈtō-ˌpaz\

Definition of topaz

  1. 1a :  a mineral that is essentially a silicate of aluminum and usually occurs in orthorhombic translucent or transparent crystals or in white translucent massesb :  a usually yellow to brownish-yellow transparent mineral topaz used as a gemc :  a yellow sapphired :  a yellow quartz

  2. 2 :  either of two large brilliantly colored South American hummingbirds (Topaza pella and T. pyra)

Origin and Etymology of topaz

Middle English topace, from Anglo-French, from Latin topazus, from Greek topazos


First Known Use: 13th century


TOPAZ Defined for English Language Learners

topaz

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Definition of topaz for English Language Learners

  • : a clear yellow to brownish-yellow stone that is used as a jewel


TOPAZ Defined for Kids

topaz

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noun to·paz \ˈtō-ˌpaz\

Definition of topaz for Students

  1. :  a clear yellow crystal that is used as a gem



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