Definition of

Topaz

  1. (noun, attribute) a light brown the color of topaz
  2. (noun, substance) a mineral (fluosilicate of aluminum) that occurs in crystals of various colors and is used as a gemstone
  3. (noun, substance) a yellow quartz

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Synonyms of Topaz

common topaz, false topaz, tan

Alternate forms of Topaz

Hypernyms: light brown, mineral, quartz, transparent gem

Origin of the word Topaz

  1. colored crystalline gem, c.1272, from O.Fr. topace (11c.), from L. topazus, from Gk. topazos, topazion, of obscure origin. Pliny says it was named for an island in the Red or Arabian Sea, where it was mined; linguists conjecture a connection with Skt. tapas "heat, fire." more

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