• WordNet 3.6
    • n turquoise a shade of blue tinged with green
    • n turquoise a blue to grey green mineral consisting of copper aluminum phosphate "blue turquoise is valued as a gemstone"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Aztec Indians of Mexico believed turquoise would protect them from physical harm, and so warriors used these green and blue stones to decorate their battle shields.
    • n Turquoise (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.☞ 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.
    • a Turquoise Having a fine light blue color, like that of choice mineral turquoise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n turquoise An opaque blue or greenish-blue precious stone, consisting essentially of a phosphate of aluminium containing a little copper and iron. The true or Oriental turquoise, a favorite ornamental stone in rings and other articles of jewelry, is found in a mountain region in Persia, and was originally brought into western Europe by way of Turkey. A variety found in New Mexico, usually of a greenish-blue color, is also used in jewelry. The principal locality is in the Los Cerillos Mountains, where the turquoise was mined by the Indians in very early times. A greenish turquoise is also found in Nevada. See bone-turquoise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Turquoise tur-koiz′ or tur-kēz′ an opaque greenish-blue mineral from Persia, valued as a gem, essentially a phosphate of alumina, harder than feldspar but softer than quartz, occurring as thin veins in slate rock
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. turquoise,; cf. Pr. & Sp. turquesa, It. turchese, turchina, LL. turchesius, turchina,; -- so called because first brought from Turkey,. See 1st Turkey
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.; because first brought through Turkey from Persia.


In literature:

Her slender hands were clenched, her turquoise eyes stared wide and blind from her white face.
"A Modern Mercenary" by Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
In a gilded frame set with real glass rubies and turquoises.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
On one hand was a plain gold ring set with a large turquoise.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
Over all was the hard vault of the sky-like polished turquoise.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
The deep water, with a white base of coral sand, flashed in emerald, turquoise, or sapphire blue.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
When he was only a foot away from Nancy, her eyes opened suddenly, huge and turquoise, staring into his.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The turquoise is perhaps the favored of precious stones for this purpose.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
The morning sun revealed a golden semicircle of sand rimming the turquoise waters of the bay.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Janey flew upstairs and came back wearing the adored turquoises, which made her eyes most beautifully blue.
"David Dunne" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Her white skirts swept softly round her feet, and her favourite turquoise scarf made a note of colour in her lap.
"Robinetta" by Kate Douglas Wiggin

In poetry:

Along the ocean's shingly edge,
Athwart the turquoise sweep of sky,
The wild geese in a winged wedge
Go darkling by.
"Wild Geese" by Clinton Scollard
She is glad to receive your turquoise ring,
Dear and dark-eyed Lover of mine!
I, to have given you everything:
Beauty maddens the soul like Wine.
"Deserted Gipsy's Song: Hillside Camp" by Laurence Hope
"The turquoise lakes, the glimpse of pond
And river track, and, vast, beyond
Broad meadows belted round with pines,
The grand uplift of mountain lines!
"The Seeking Of The Waterfall" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Beyond the purple bay
The drowsy winds awaken to delay.
Spring, a world-spirit, dips
In pure turquoise her lips,
And blows the bubble of a cloudless day.
"Careless" by George Sterling
Of honey and heat and weed and wheat
The day had made perfume;
And Heaven a tower of turquoise raised,
Whence Noon, like some wan woman, gazed--
A sunflower withering at her waist--
Within a crystal room.
"Love And A Day" by Madison Julius Cawein
For somewhere, dear, there's a magic land
On the shores of a silver sea;
And there is a boat with turquoise sails —
With sails that are wide and free;
A boat that is whirling through the spray,
That is coming for you and me!
"From A City Window" by Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

In news:

Turquoise Liner at Stella McCartney.
Turquoise store owners to retire.
Turquoise Eyes Everywhere at NYFW.
Just a cool touch of turquoise transforms a warm weather look from blah to blue-tiful.
Turquoise to Raise $360 Million for Clean Technology Companies.
Turquoise International Ltd plans to raise as much as 230 million pounds ($360 million) of debt and equity for four U.K.-based clean technology businesses by the end of the year.
Rare Turquoise -Sleeved Edition of Led Zeppelin's First Vinyl Album Earns Big Bucks at Auction.
' Turquoise Palace' A True Political Murder Mystery.
Al Atkinson of Turquoise Animal Hospital in La Jolla.
IF there is one color that deserves extra attention in 2010, it is turquoise — at least according to Pantone.
Michelle Obama Is Wearing Bright Turquoise Today.
It was a Saturday morning just after eleven when we walked into the Turquoise Grill Brick Oven Bistro on Norfolk at Kirby.
The Electro-Orange, Acid Turquoise Prince of Fashion.
Waves on the Turquoise Lake.
Turquoise 's Upscale Mediterranean Satisfies.

In science:

At higher temperatures (top turquoise region in Fig. 3a) pair production instead dominates.
The Impact of Neutrino Magnetic Moments on the Evolution of Massive Stars
Blue and turquoise contours show magnetic flux densitie s from the Mg I b magnetograms larger than ±13.6 Mx cm−2 .
Emergence of small-scale magnetic loops through the quiet solar atmosphere
In figure, yellow (in print light shaded) balls are bare carbon atoms, turquoise (in print darker shades) balls are hydrogenated carbons and red (in print dark small) balls are hydrogen atoms.
A Systematic Study of Electronic Structure from Graphene to Graphane
In figure, yellow (in print light shaded) balls are bare carbon atoms, turquoise (in print darker shades) balls are hydrogenated carbons and red (in print dark small) balls are hydrogen atoms. (c) DOS plots for the two cases.
A Systematic Study of Electronic Structure from Graphene to Graphane
Layout of the vacuum apparatus in a partially exploded view: The science chamber (upper section) is connected to the BEC chamber (in the lower section) via a differential pumping stage (turquoise) along the dashed vertical axis.
An apparatus for immersing trapped ions into an ultracold gas of neutral atoms