turquoise

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English[edit]

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Turquoise with quartz (1)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French Turquoise, from Old French (pierre) turqueise (Turkish (stone)). The stone was originally brought to Europe from Turkestan.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɜː(ɹ).k(w)ɔɪz/, /ˈtɜː(ɹ).k(w)ɔɪs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɚ.kɔɪz/, IPA(key): /ˈtɚ.kwɔɪs/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

turquoise (plural turquoises)

  1. A sky-blue, greenish-blue, or greenish-gray semi-precious gemstone.
    • 2012 March 1, Lee A. Groat, “Gemstones”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 128: 
      Although there are dozens of different types of gems, among the best known and most important are […] . (Common gem materials not addressed in this article include amber, amethyst, chalcedony, garnet, lazurite, malachite, opals, peridot, rhodonite, spinel, tourmaline, turquoise and zircon.)
  2. A pale greenish-blue colour, like that of the gemstone.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, The China Governess[1]:
      The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. To display them the walls had been tinted a vivid blue which had now faded, but the carpet, which had evidently been stored and recently relaid, retained its original turquoise.
    turquoise colour:    

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Adjective[edit]

turquoise (comparative more turquoise, superlative most turquoise)

  1. Made of turquoise (the gemstone).
  2. Having a pale greenish-blue colour.

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French[edit]

Noun[edit]

turquoise f (plural turquoises)

  1. turquoise (gemstone)

Noun[edit]

turquoise m (plural turquoises)

  1. turquoise (colour)

Adjective[edit]

turquoise (invariable)

  1. turquoise-colored

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Noun[edit]

turquoise f (plural turquoises)

  1. turquoise (precious stone)