topaz

noun to·paz \ ˈtō-ˌpaz \

Definition of topaz

1 a :a mineral that is essentially a silicate of aluminum and usually occurs in orthorhombic translucent or transparent crystals or in white translucent masses
b :a usually yellow to brownish-yellow transparent mineral topaz used as a gem
c :a yellow sapphire
d :a yellow quartz
2 :either of two large brilliantly colored South American hummingbirds (Topaza pella and T. pyra)

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Origin and Etymology of topaz

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


TOPAZ Defined for English Language Learners

topaz

noun

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

noun to·paz \ ˈtō-ˌpaz \

Definition of topaz for Students

:a clear yellow crystal that is used as a gem


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