turquoise

noun
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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All of our shiny-shiny will turn your skin the most magnificent shade of turquoise and is nonreturnable. Lauren Spinabelli, The New Yorker, "Welcome to Our Boutique, Where Nothing Is Called by Its Real Name," 10 Aug. 2019 Each sneaker is comes covered in the famous turquoise, pink, and yellow that the brand is known for. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Adidas is Selling Their New AriZona Iced Tea Sneakers For 99 Cents," 18 July 2019 The water is an eerie, strangely intense turquoise. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Edward Burtynsky photos at Cleveland Museum of Art document mankind’s troubled relationship with water," 23 June 2019 Remember to act surprised when a piece of turquoise comes shooting out of your airway, in case this Good Samaritan is also a narc. Sarah Lazarus, The New Yorker, "Healing Crystals and How to Shoplift Them," 8 June 2019 Pops of turquoise, green, and orange did the trick. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Nonprofit Helps Designers Change People's Lives," 3 Apr. 2019 Especially within the indigenous jewelry market, which is largely still relegated to the realms of turquoise or beading, Scott’s more modern aesthetic proves the power of working in abstracts. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How These Shapely Statement Earrings Celebrate Coast Salish Culture," 13 Mar. 2019 Thirteen acres of lush vines cascade down toward Lake Hennessey, glistening a particularly vivid shade of turquoise. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Bryant Estate legal fight offers glimpse into ‘cult’ wineries’ secretive world," 18 June 2019 This no-soak treatment also works well for turquoise and opals (which are also porous stones). Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Jewelry Like a Pro," 7 May 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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turquoise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of turquoise

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

turquoise

noun
tur·​quoise | \ ˈtər-ˌkȯiz, -ˌkwȯiz\

Kids Definition of turquoise

: a blue to greenish gray mineral used in jewelry

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