Definition of opaline in English:

opaline

adjective

  • Opalescent.

    • ‘It is known that opaline silica is prone to dissolution on the sea floor.’
    • ‘In this paper, we show that the opaline silica and amorphous sulphides are precipitating mainly on filamentous microbes and biofilms, which form templates for both the metal-rich sinter and the suspended flocs.’
    • ‘He had rich, wavy hair of a raven black hue and opaline green eyes that she swore looked right into her soul.’
    • ‘He decorated glass of at least six colours: clear, opaque and opaline white, green, amethyst and several shades of blue.’
    • ‘Under the weight of the wild mushrooms, gnocchi, grilled fennel, and basil oil, opaline scallops simply disappear.’
    • ‘Sponges have an internal skeleton composed of needle-like elements called spicules, which can be composed of calcium carbonate, opaline silica, or fibres of the scleroprotein spongin.’
    • ‘Another group of fakes which appeared a few years ago were white opaline mallet-shaped decanters with painted medallions.’
    • ‘Instead she merely watched him and admired how the sun reflected off his opaline and topaz colored feathers.’
    • ‘There is a Tiffany scarf, a gift from its designer, and an opaline pear drop necklace of Cabouchon stones with a photograph of Connolly wearing it.’
    • ‘The lighthouse is just as beautiful inside as out, lined with clear blue opaline tiles that would grace an eastern palace, and with a handsome open staircase.’
    • ‘A favorite combination for the dining table is a row of six opaline blue glasses found at a flea market.’
    • ‘Among faces, Gene Tierney's is a tournament rose, an opaline study in serene, sexualized perfection, a mad musky Egyptian daydream of cat thoughts.’
    • ‘Citron grills octopus until it's sultry and smoky, then adds opaline orbs of cod cheeks to soak up a rich black-currant-and-caper broth.’
    • ‘They are largely silicified replacements of the once opaline skeletons, but details of their spicular and skeletal relationships are moderately well preserved.’
    shimmering, shimmery, glittering, sparkling, coruscating, dazzling, shining, gleaming, glowing, lustrous, scintillating, dancing, opalescent
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noun

  • 1

    another term for milk-glass
    • ‘Claudia Roden says: This pudding is like opaline encrusted with little stones.’
    1. 1.1 Translucent glass of a colour other than white.

Pronunciation

opaline

/ˈəʊp(ə)lʌɪn//ˈəʊp(ə)lɪn/