What does turquoise mean?

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ˈtɜr kɔɪz, -kwɔɪzturquoise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. turquoise(noun)

    a blue to grey green mineral consisting of copper aluminum phosphate

    "blue turquoise is valued as a gemstone"

  2. greenish blue, aqua, aquamarine, turquoise, cobalt blue, peacock blue(noun)

    a shade of blue tinged with green


  1. turquoise(Noun)

    A sky-blue, greenish-blue, or greenish-gray semi-precious gemstone.

    Etymology: From turkeis, from turqueise. The stone was originally brought to Europe from Turkestan.

  2. turquoise(Adjective)

    Made of turquoise (the gemstone).

    Etymology: From turkeis, from turqueise. The stone was originally brought to Europe from Turkestan.

  3. turquoise(Adjective)

    Having a pale greenish-blue colour.

    Etymology: From turkeis, from turqueise. The stone was originally brought to Europe from Turkestan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Turquoise(noun)

    alt. of Turquois

  2. Turquoise(adj)

    having a fine light blue color, like that of choice mineral turquoise


  1. Turquoise

    Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium, with the chemical formula CuAl6(PO 4)4(OH)8·4H 2O. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. In recent times, turquoise, like most other opaque gems, has been devalued by the introduction of treatments, imitations, and synthetics onto the market. The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise, which dates to the 16th century, is derived from an Old French word for "Turkish", because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey, from the mines in historical Khorasan Province of Iran. Pliny the Elder referred to the mineral as callais, the Iranians named it "phirouzeh" and the Aztecs knew it as Teoxihuitl.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Turquoise

    tur-koiz′, or tur-kēz′, n. an opaque greenish-blue mineral from Persia, valued as a gem, essentially a phosphate of alumina, harder than feldspar but softer than quartz, occurring as thin veins in slate rock.—n. Turquoise′-green, a pale colour between green and blue—also adj. [O. Fr.; because first brought through Turkey from Persia.]

Editors Contribution

  1. turquoise

    A type of color.

    Turquoise is our sisters joyful color, she loves it in the house and clothing.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 29, 2016  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Turquoise

    From Turkey, the country where this precious stone was first found.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of turquoise in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of turquoise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Images & Illustrations of turquoise

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