tur·​quoise | \ ˈtər-ˌkȯiz How to pronounce turquoise (audio) , -ˌkwȯiz\
variants: or less commonly turquois

Definition of turquoise

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 sky blue
2 : a light greenish blue

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The turquoise is in your respiratory system now, working its mysterious crystal magic. Sarah Lazarus, The New Yorker, "Healing Crystals and How to Shoplift Them," 8 June 2019 In most pictures, Neptune seems to be a deeper and more brilliant blue than Uranus, which looks like a pale turquoise dot. National Geographic, "Neptune, explained," 28 Mar. 2019 Overwater villas stand on stilts above crystal clear turquoise water, while beach villas come with their own private strip of sand and sea. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Baros Maldives," 4 May 2019 On one side of the fence, a Cat excavator churned earth and men in orange vests lowered turquoise pipes into trenches. Andrew Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rodney Spencer and the struggles and rewards of a West Oakland urban farm," 27 Apr. 2018 Duchess Meghan selected a Wales Bonner trench dress, Manolo Blahnik pumps, and a gold-and-turquoise Jennifer Meyer necklace for the occasion. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Duchess Meghan & Prince Harry's Intimate Photo Shoot with Baby Sussex," 8 May 2019 And in 2016, the New Alliance party held a campaign event featuring several women in tight white stretch pants and topless save for body paint in the party's signature turquoise and white. Fox News, "Mexico City bans use of attractive models during city events," 19 Aug. 2018 There’s coral from Kauai’s Anini Beach, vintage cameos found in Italy, and turquoise pendants found in Santa Fe by the brains behind the bohemian label Chan Luu, which was founded by her aunt. Vogue, "An L.A. Jewelry Designer Decodes Her Easygoing Executive Style," 9 Apr. 2019 Jay Z even appears to be wearing the exact same turquoise suit. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé and Jay Z Accepted a Brit Award in Front of a Custom Meghan Markle Portrait," 20 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of turquoise

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for turquoise

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

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English Language Learners Definition of turquoise

: a bluish-green stone used in jewelry
: a bluish-green color


tur·​quoise | \ ˈtər-ˌkȯiz, -ˌkwȯiz\

Kids Definition of turquoise

: a blue to greenish gray mineral used in jewelry

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