turquoise

noun tur·quoise \ˈtər-ˌkȯiz, -ˌkwȯiz\

Definition of turquoise

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  a light greenish blue

Variants of turquoise

less commonly

turquois

\ˈtər-ˌkȯiz, -ˌkwȯiz\

Origin and Etymology of turquoise

Middle English turkeys, from Anglo-French turkeise, from feminine of turkeis Turkish, from Turc Turkish


First Known Use: 14th century

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TURQUOISE Defined for English Language Learners

turquoise

noun tur·quoise \ˈtər-ˌkȯiz, -ˌkwȯiz\

Definition of turquoise for English Language Learners

  • : a bluish-green stone used in jewelry

  • : a bluish-green color


TURQUOISE Defined for Kids

turquoise

noun tur·quoise \ˈtər-ˌkȯiz, -ˌkwȯiz\

Definition of turquoise for Students

  1. :  a blue to greenish gray mineral used in jewelry



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