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o·pal

(ō′pəl)
n.
1. A mineral of hydrated silica.
2. A gemstone made of this mineral, noted for its rich iridescence.

[Early Modern English, from Middle French opale, from Latin opalus, alteration of Greek opallios, probably from Sanskrit upalaḥ, stone, precious stone (often in the sandhi form opalaḥ in the names of gems such as nīlopalaḥ, sapphire : nīla-, blue + upalaḥ), possibly variant of upara-, lower, from upa, towards, under, down; see upo in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

o′pal·ine′ (ō′pə-līn′, -lēn′) adj.
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opal

(ˈəʊpəl)
n
(Minerals) an amorphous, usually iridescent, mineral that can be of almost any colour, found in igneous rocks and around hot springs. It is used as a gemstone. Composition: hydrated silica. Formula: SiO2.nH2O
[C16: from Latin opalus, from Greek opallios, from Sanskrit upala precious stone]
ˈopal-ˌlike adj
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o•pal

(ˈoʊ pəl)

n.
1. a mineral, an amorphous form of silica, SiO2, with some water of hydration, found in many varieties and colors, including milky white.
2. a gemstone made of this, esp. of an iridescent variety.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin opalus < Greek opállios opal, gem]
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o·pal

(ō′pəl)
A usually transparent mineral consisting of hydrous silica. Opal can occur in almost any color, but it is often pinkish white with a milky or pearly appearance. It typically forms within cracks in igneous rocks, in limestones, and in mineral veins. It also occurs in the silica-rich shells of certain marine organisms.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.opal - a translucent mineral consisting of hydrated silica of variable coloropal - a translucent mineral consisting of hydrated silica of variable color; some varieties are used as gemstones
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
black opal - a dark colored opal with internal reflections of green or red
fire opal, girasol - an opal with flaming orange and yellow and red colors
harlequin opal - a reddish opal with small patches of brilliant color
opaque gem - a gemstone that is opaque
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Translations
حَجَر عَيْن الشَّمْس: حَجَر كريم
opal
opál
ópall
opalas
opāls
opálopálový

opal

[ˈəʊpəl] Nópalo m
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opal

[ˈəʊpəl] nopale f
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opal

n (= stone)Opal m; (= colour)beigegraue Farbe
adjOpal-, opal-; (colour) → opalen (liter), → beigegrau schimmernd; opal blueopalblau; opal ringOpalring m
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opal

[ˈəʊpl] nopale m or f
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opal

(ˈoupəl) noun
a type of usually bluish-white or milky white precious stone, with slight traces or streaks of various other colours. There are three opals in her brooch; (also adjective) an opal necklace.
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References in classic literature ?
The little fishing village, nestled in the cove where the sand-dunes met the harbor shore, looked like a great opal in the haze.
Mine, naturally, was the least expensive; it was an opal ring--the opal was my favourite stone, because it seems to blush and turn pale as if it had a soul.
But we were bound to walk, so we went on, whilst above our heads waved medusae whose umbrellas of opal or rose-pink, escalloped with a band of blue, sheltered us from the rays of the sun and fiery pelagiae, which, in the darkness, would have strewn our path with phosphorescent light.
The doctor then slowly poured some drops of the lemonade from the decanter into the cup, and in an instant a light cloudy sediment began to form at the bottom of the cup; this sediment first took a blue shade, then from the color of sapphire it passed to that of opal, and from opal to emerald.
When he undid the parcel which Bertrade had tossed to him he found that it contained a beautifully wrought ring set with a single opal.
"The dusk of the greenhouse is luminous yet With quivers of opal and tremors of gold; For the sun is at rest, and the light from the west, Like delicate wine that is mellow and old,
It was a large oblong opal set round with small diamonds,--a ring of distinguished design you could hardly help noticing, especially on a man's hand, for which it was too conspicuously dainty.
She was a charming woman of twenty-five or twenty-six years, with dark hair, blue eyes, and a nose slightly turned up, admirable teeth, and a complexion marbled with rose and opal. There, however, ended the signs which might have confounded her with a lady of rank.
The dome of clouds was tinged at its base with, as it were, the foam of rubies, fading away into opal and pearly tints, in proportion as the gaze was carried from base to summit.
Rich clouds, for canopies, about her curled - Fit emblems of the model of her world - Seen but in beauty - not impeding sight Of other beauty glittering thro' the light - A wreath that twined each starry form around, And all the opal'd air in color bound.
"Will you go far afield for a walk with me to-day?" he said to her and me, one idle afternoon of opal skies, pied meadows and misty hills.
See how the dog-roses have strewed the ground, and spread their opal petals over it."