from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless, blue, yellow, brown, or pink aluminum silicate mineral, often found in association with granitic rocks and valued as a gemstone, especially in the brown and pink varieties.
- n. Any of various yellow gemstones, especially a yellow variety of sapphire or corundum.
- n. A light yellow variety of quartz.
- n. Either of two South American hummingbirds (Topaza pyra or T. pella) having colorful plumage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A clear, yellowish-brown gemstone.
- n. A yellowish-brown color, like that of the gemstone.
- n. (British India) A black Catholic soldier in the British Army.
- adj. Of a yellowish-brown color, like that of the gemstone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mineral occurring in rhombic prisms, generally yellowish and pellucid, also colorless, and of greenesh, bluish, or brownish shades. It sometimes occurs massive and opaque. It is a fluosilicate of alumina, and is used as a gem.
- n. Either one of two species of large, brilliantly colored humming birds of the genus Topaza (Topaza pella or Topaza pyra), of South America and the West Indies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mineral of a vitreous luster, transparent or translucent, sometimes colorless, often of a yellow, white, green, or pale-blue color.
- n. In heraldry, the tincture or in blazoning by the precious stones. See blazon, n., 2.
- n. A humming-bird, Topaza pella or T. pyra.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a light brown the color of topaz
- n. a mineral (fluosilicate of aluminum) that occurs in crystals of various colors and is used as a gemstone
- n. a yellow quartz
Generally, the yellow variety of quartz is given the name topaz, although the true topaz is much rarer.
The name topaz is derived from the Greek _topazos_, which is the name of
The very word topaz is a derivative of an ancient Sanskrit word, topas, meaning “heat.”
"But a topaz is a stone, " I said, -a kind of semiprecious stone.
The principal quartz gems are, of course, amethyst and citrine quartz (the stone that is almost universally called topaz in the trade).
Ladies particularly will halt with interest before the case marked 58 A, where the fluorides, better known as the topaz, are deposited.
Edwards 'eyes are described as topaz colored when he is normal and black like onyx, when hungry.
Color continues to play a strong creative role in high-end collections through semi-precious stones such as topaz, tourmaline and lemon citrine, precious stones such as sapphires, rubies or emeralds, or naturally colored diamonds in rare blues and fancy pinks or yellows.
The same tendency to rely upon color causes many in the trade to call all yellow stones "topaz" whether the species be corundum (oriental topaz), true topaz (precious topaz), citrine quartz (quartz topaz), heliodor (yellow beryl), jacinth
Quartz (amethyst and quartz "topaz") was given the number 7.
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