girasol

[jir-uh-sawl, -sol]
adjective
  1. (of a stone) translucent and bluish-white with reddish reflections under strong light; opalescent.
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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Historical Examples of girasole

  • It was a slight, and Girasole showed that he felt it; but Minnie could not help it.

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    James De Mille

  • All these things combined to stimulate the hate as well as the love of Girasole.

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  • The arrival of Girasole, therefore, was greeted by her with joy.

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  • The former he might consider a scoundrel; but why should Girasole mislead?

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  • There was now some delay, and Girasole gave some orders to his men.

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British Dictionary definitions for girasole

girasol

girosol or girasole

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for girasole
n.

1580s, from Italian girasole, literally "turning toward the sun," from girare "to rotate" (see gyration) + sole (see Sol).

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