turquoise

noun tur·quoise \ ˈtər-ˌkȯiz , -ˌkwȯiz \
variants: or less commonly turquois
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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 skyblue
2 : a light greenish blue

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Origin and Etymology of turquoise

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

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TURQUOISE Defined for English Language Learners

turquoise

noun

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

: a blue to greenish gray mineral used in jewelry


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