Origin of topaz
Examples from the Web for topaz
A cluster of streets preserves the memory of the time in their names: Topaz Street, Diamond Street, Emerald Square.
And at the eleventh hour, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) saves the company by landing an account with Topaz Pantyhose.‘Mad Men’ New York Premiere: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Creator Matthew Weiner & More|Marlow Stern|March 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I can't get it out of my head that that topaz stuck in the mud and it's sticking there to this day.
With alacrity Topaz sat up, and then Gabriel began to whistle.
He sold me the topaz bracelet, however, and I have it to this day, for I want the courage to sell it.Jewel Mysteries|Max Pemberton
"Find me Topaz, and all the contents of this window shall be yours," she returned.
If it does, therell be a lake here thatll furnish water enough to irrigate blame near all of the Topaz Desertbelieve me.The Heart of Canyon Pass|Thomas K. Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for topaz
- a yellowish-brown colour, as in some varieties of topaz
- (as adjective)topaz eyes
Word Origin for topaz
Word Origin and History for topaz
colored crystalline gem, late 13c., from Old French topace (11c.), from Latin topazus, from Greek topazos, topazion, of obscure origin. Pliny says it was named for a remote island in the Red or Arabian Sea, where it was mined, but this might be folk etymology from Greek topazein "to divine, to try to locate;" linguists conjecture a connection with Sanskrit tapas "heat, fire." In the Middle Ages used for almost any yellow stone. To the Greeks and Romans, possibly yellow olivine or yellow sapphire. In modern science, fluo-silicate of aluminum.