Definition of turquoise in English:

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turquoise

Pronunciation: /ˈtəːkwɔɪz/
/ˈtəːkwɑːz/

noun

[mass noun]
1A greenish-blue colour: [as modifier]: the turquoise waters of the bay
More example sentences
  • These islands are blessed with exotic beauty of turquoise blue waters and sandy beaches.
  • The turquoise water sparkled in the brilliant sunlight, dazzling the four birds as they hopped across the warm wet sand towards it.
  • The cliffs drop down to secluded bays with jagged rocks and turquoise water.
2A semi-precious stone, typically opaque and of a greenish-blue or sky-blue colour, consisting of a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminium.
Example sentences
  • Each exquisite creation is studded with semi precious stones like turquoise, amethyst, pearls and corals.
  • Precious stones like turquoise and lapis lazuli came from the West and silk from China via Central Asia.
  • The ship landed in the Land of Midian to trade corn for copper and turquoise, and there, Moses slipped away from the rest of the crew.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French turqueise 'Turkish (stone)'.

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