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


Middle English topace, from Old French, from Latin topazus, from Greek topazos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Ancient Greek proper noun Τοπάζιος (Topazios), ancient name of St. John's Island in the Red Sea, believed to be the first discovered source of the mineral τοπάζιον (topazion, "peridot"). (Wiktionary)



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