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3 definitions found
 for turquoise
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Turquoise \Tur*quoise"\, a.
     Having a fine light blue color, like that of choice mineral
     turquoise.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  turquoise
      n 1: a blue to grey green mineral consisting of copper aluminum
           phosphate; "blue turquoise is valued as a gemstone"
      2: a shade of blue tinged with green [syn: greenish blue,
         aqua, aquamarine, turquoise, cobalt blue, peacock
         blue]

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