Turquoise
Turquoise Tur*quoise", Turquois Tur*quois" (?; 277), n. [F. turquoise; cf. Pr. & Sp. turquesa, It. turchese, turchina, LL. turchesius, turchina; -- so called because first brought from Turkey. See 1st {Turkey}.] (Min.) A hydrous phosphate of alumina containing a little copper; calaite. It has a blue, or bluish green, color, and usually occurs in reniform masses with a botryoidal surface. [Formerly written also {turcois}, and {turkois}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: Turquoise is susceptible of a high polish, and when of a bright blue color is much esteemed as a gem. The finest specimens come from Persia. It is also found in New Mexico and Arizona, and is regarded as identical with the chalchihuitl of the Mexicans. [1913 Webster]


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  • turquoise — [ tyrkwaz ] n. f. et adj. • XIIIe; de l adj. turquois « turc », var. turquesse, turquesque 1 ♦ Minér. Minéral formé de phosphate hydraté de cuivre et d aluminium, roche non transparente colorée du bleu clair au vert pomme. Gisements de turquoise… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Turquoise — Services Limited Rechtsform Limited Company Gründung 2008 Sitz London Branche Handelssysteme Website …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Turquoise — Tur*quoise , a. Having a fine light blue color, like that of choice mineral turquoise. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turquoise — Turquoise. sub. f. Pierre precieuse de couleur bleuë, & qui n est point transparente. Turquoise de la vieille roche, de la nouvelle roche …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • turquoise — [tʉr′koiz΄, tʉr′kwoiz΄] n. [ME turkeis < MFr turqueise, fem. of OFr turqueis, Turkish (see TURK1): orig. brought to western Europe through Turkey] 1. a greenish blue, hard mineral, hydrous copper aluminum phosphate, CuAl6 (PO4) 4 (OH) 8·5H2O,… …   English World dictionary

  • Turquoise — (spr. Türkoahs), berkanartiger gegatterter od. gestreifter Zeug …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • turquoise — precious stone, 1560s, replacement from M.Fr. of M.E. turkeis, turtogis (late 14c.), from O.Fr. turqueise, fem. adj. Turkish, in pierre turqueise Turkish stone, so called because it was first brought to Europe from Turkestan or some other Turkish …   Etymology dictionary

  • turquoise — The recommended pronunciation in BrE is tur kwoiz, but a more French like form tur kwahz is sometimes heard …   Modern English usage

  • turquoise — ► NOUN 1) a semi precious stone, typically opaque and of a greenish blue or sky blue colour. 2) a greenish blue colour. ORIGIN Old French turqueise Turkish stone …   English terms dictionary

  • Turquoise — For other uses, see Turquoise (disambiguation). Turquoise Turquoise (tumble finished) one inch (25 mm) long. This pebble is greenish and therefore low grade General …   Wikipedia

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