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fire opal

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noun
  1. a red Mexican opal, often with a color play.

Origin of fire opal

First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for fire opal

Historical Examples

  • She could see it far up, glowing as red as her fire-opal in the light of the embers.

    The Princess and the Goblin

    George MacDonald

  • All the atmosphere swam with changing colours, such as come and go in the heart of a fire-opal.

    The Golden Silence

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • The red and yellow bright coloured varieties of fire-opal are found near Zimapan, in Mexico.


British Dictionary definitions for fire opal

fire opal

noun
  1. an orange-red translucent variety of opal, valued as a gemstone
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