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[oh-puh-lin, -leen, -lahyn] /ˈoʊ pə lɪn, -ˌlin, -ˌlaɪn/
of or like opal; opalescent.
Origin of opaline
First recorded in 1775-85; opal + -ine1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for opaline
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  • Its nature is like opaline doves'-neck lustres, hovering and evanescent.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Viewed from the peak, the lakes sparkle like opaline gems in the sun.

    Birds of the Rockies

    Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • The little picture has all the opaline atmosphere of a Claude Lorraine.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • Some of them are as white as snow, some are opaline, and others are tinged with mineral colours.

    The Jenolan Caves Samuel Cook
  • In the noonday light the intense, opaline pallor of her face was startling.

  • Where once shone its opaline palisades is now but a field of crumpled ice.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • The Boy was struck by a note that was almost horror in the opaline voice so near him.

    One Day Anonymous
  • Faintly glimmering, how magically it transformed from a dim, neutral-tinted waste to an opaline clarity of hue—a fuller crimson.

    A Modern Buccaneer Rolf Boldrewood
  • A vision rather than reality, structure of pearly clouds in mid-heaven, seems that opaline pile lightly touched with gold.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Tritons with wreathed horns follow his chariot, and naiads as graceful as the waves sport in the opaline waters.

British Dictionary definitions for opaline


an opaque or semiopaque whitish glass
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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