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hydrophane

[hahy-druh-feyn] /ˈhaɪ drəˌfeɪn/
noun
1.
a partly translucent variety of opal, which becomes more translucent or transparent when immersed in water.
Origin of hydrophane
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85; hydro-1 + -phane
Related forms
hydrophanous
[hahy-drof-uh-nuh s] /haɪˈdrɒf ə nəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • It was milk-white, and became translucent in water, like that beautiful variety of opal, the hydrophane.

British Dictionary definitions for hydrophane

hydrophane

/ˈhaɪdrəʊˌfeɪn/
noun
1.
a white partially opaque variety of opal that becomes translucent in water
Derived Forms
hydrophanous (haɪˈdrɒfənəs) adjective
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