turquoise

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Etymology[edit]

Turquoise with quartz (1)

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɜː(ɹ).k(w)ɔɪz/, /ˈtɜː(ɹ).k(w)ɔɪs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɝ.k(w)ɔɪz/, /ˈtɝ.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:  

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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]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French turquois, from turc +‎ -ois.

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turquoise f (plural turquoises)

  1. turquoise (gemstone)

Noun[edit]

turquoise m (plural turquoises)

  1. turquoise (colour)

Adjective[edit]

turquoise (invariable)

  1. turquoise-colored

Descendants[edit]

  • Turkish: turkuaz
  • Romanian: turcoază (stone), Romanian: turcoaz (color)

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French turquoise.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtyrˌkvaːs/, [ˈtyχˌkwaːs]

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turquoise (masculine turquoisen, neuter turquoiset, comparative méi turquoise, superlative am turquoisesten)

  1. turquoise, cyan, teal (of a greenish blue, often light, colour)

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Colors in Luxembourgish · Faarwen (layout · text)
     wäiss      gro      schwaarz
             rout              orange; brong              giel
                          gréng             
             turquoise              blo (hellblo, himmelblo)              blo (donkelblo)
             violett; indigo              magenta; mof              rosa; pink

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Noun[edit]

turquoise f (plural turquoises)

  1. turquoise (precious stone)