hydrophane

[ hahy-druh-feyn ]
/ ˈhaɪ drəˌfeɪn /

noun

a partly translucent variety of opal, which becomes more translucent or transparent when immersed in water.

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Origin of hydrophane

First recorded in 1775–85; hydro-1 + -phane

OTHER WORDS FROM hydrophane

hy·droph·a·nous [hahy-drof-uh-nuhs], /haɪˈdrɒf ə nəs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hydrophane

hydrophane
/ (ˈhaɪdrəʊˌfeɪn) /

noun

a white partially opaque variety of opal that becomes translucent in water

Derived forms of hydrophane

hydrophanous (haɪˈdrɒfənəs), adjective
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