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girasol

[ jir-uh-sawl, -sol ]
/ ˈdʒɪr əˌsɔl, -ˌsɒl /
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noun

an opal that reflects light in a bright luminous glow.

adjective

(of a stone) translucent and bluish-white with reddish reflections under strong light; opalescent.

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Also gir·a·sole [jir-uh-sohl], /ˈdʒɪr əˌsoʊl/, girosol.

Origin of girasol

1580–90; <Italian, equivalent to gira(re) to turn (see girandole) + sole the sun; cf. parasol
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girasol

girosol or girasole

/ (ˈdʒɪrəˌsɒl, -ˌsəʊl) /

noun

a type of opal that has a red or pink glow in bright light; fire opal

Word Origin for girasol

C16: from Italian, from girare to revolve (see gyrate) + sole the sun, from Latin sōl
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