- a partly translucent variety of opal, which becomes more translucent or transparent when immersed in water.
Origin of hydrophane
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It was milk-white, and became translucent in water, like that beautiful variety of opal, the hydrophane.White Shadows in the South Seas</p>
- a white partially opaque variety of opal that becomes translucent in water
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