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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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 Consider bright, vibrant colors such as turquoise, orange, yellow and red. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Tips for creating an outdoor entertaining space for summer," 27 June 2019 Through the steam rising off the surface, a large turquoise pool ringed with orange and yellow comes into view like a dream. Niloufer Venkatraman, National Geographic, "6 can’t-miss stops in Yellowstone National Park," 13 June 2019 Another checks her sparkling turquoise eyeliner in a compact mirror. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love," 14 May 2019 The sixth member of our group, wearing a turquoise windbreaker and yellow wind pants with red knee patches, is working at a fuel cache some ways to the west. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 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

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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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