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opaline

[oh-puh-lin, -leen, -lahyn] /ˈoʊ pə lɪn, -ˌlin, -ˌlaɪn/
adjective
1.
of or like opal; opalescent.
Origin of opaline
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85; opal + -ine1
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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

opaline

/ˈəʊpəˌlaɪn/
adjective
1.
opalescent
noun
2.
an opaque or semiopaque whitish glass
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