turquoise

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Turquoise with quartz (1)

From Middle French Turquoise, from Old French (pierre) turquoise (Turkish (stone)). The stone, mined near Nishapur in the Khorasan region of Persia, was originally brought to Europe through Turkey.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɜː(ɹ).k(w)ɔɪz/, /ˈtɜː(ɹ).k(w)ɔɪs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɚ.k(w)ɔɪz/, /ˈtɚ.k(w)ɔɪs/
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Noun[edit]

turquoise (countable and uncountable, plural turquoises)

  1. (countable) A sky-blue, greenish-blue, or greenish-gray semi-precious gemstone.
    • 2012 March 1, Lee A. Groat, “Gemstones”, in American Scientist[1], 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. (countable and uncountable) A pale greenish-blue colour, like that of the gemstone.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess[2]:
      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]

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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)