- Also tur·quois. an opaque mineral, a basic hydrous copper aluminum phosphate often containing a small amount of iron, sky-blue or greenish-blue in color, cut cabochon as a gem.Compare bone turquoise.
- Also called turquoise blue. a greenish blue or bluish green.
Origin of turquoise
Examples from the Web for turquoise
Below lies the turquoise waters of the caldera, flecked with the white triangles of sailing boats.Book a Room for Two in a Santorini Cave
June 10, 2014
Then the air suddenly turns still, the downpour stops, and the sky transforms from grey to turquoise.Want to Write a Book? Go to Iceland
May 26, 2014
I also like the turquoise blue color of the chips or beads that the kids are stringing together into that intricate design.You Can Indeed Judge a Book By Its Cover
November 20, 2013
Glam came into play in the form of a figure-hugging lacquered rayon cloth skirt in turquoise that looked like sexy plastic.Missoni Spring/ Summer 2014: Pop'n'Xotic
September 23, 2013
She asks him to pick up a pizza; they talk about taking “some family time this weekend” and driving the Turquoise Trail.Latest ‘Breaking Bad’ Episode, ‘Ozymandias,’ Is Most Action-Packed Yet
September 16, 2013
When morning came the sky was a turquoise and the wind a gale.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
And by some magic of his own, he drew Dick out to tell the story of his turquoise mining.
We have Dick's ranch and the turquoise mine and Ernest's and your plant.
And the maiden answered, 'It is because my jewel of turquoise has fallen into the water.'Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt
Her eyes were bluer even than her turquoise brooch or the gentians in her hat.Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- a greenish-blue fine-grained secondary mineral consisting of hydrated copper aluminium phosphate. It occurs in igneous rocks rich in aluminium and is used as a gemstone. Formula: CuAl 6 (PO 4) 4 (OH) 8 .4H 2 O
- the colour of turquoise
- (as adjective)a turquoise dress
Word Origin and History for turquoise
precious stone, 1560s, replacement from Middle French of Middle English turkeis, turtogis (late 14c.), from Old French fem. adjective turqueise "Turkish," in pierre turqueise "Turkish stone," so called because it was first brought to Europe from Turkestan or some other Turkish dominion (Sinai peninsula, according to one theory). Cognate with Spanish turquesa, Medieval Latin (lapis) turchesius, Middle Dutch turcoys, German türkis, Swedish turkos. As a color name, attested from 1853.
- A blue to bluish-green or yellowish-green triclinic mineral that occurs in reniform (kidney-shaped) masses with surfaces shaped like a bunch of grapes, especially in aluminum-rich igneous rocks such as trachyte. In its polished blue form it is prized as a gem. Chemical formula: CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8·5H2O