Definition of opaline in English:



  • Opalescent.

    • ‘He decorated glass of at least six colours: clear, opaque and opaline white, green, amethyst and several shades of blue.’
    • ‘Another group of fakes which appeared a few years ago were white opaline mallet-shaped decanters with painted medallions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are largely silicified replacements of the once opaline skeletons, but details of their spicular and skeletal relationships are moderately well preserved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A favorite combination for the dining table is a row of six opaline blue glasses found at a flea market.’
    • ‘Under the weight of the wild mushrooms, gnocchi, grilled fennel, and basil oil, opaline scallops simply disappear.’
    • ‘It is known that opaline silica is prone to dissolution on the sea floor.’
    • ‘He had rich, wavy hair of a raven black hue and opaline green eyes that she swore looked right into her soul.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead she merely watched him and admired how the sun reflected off his opaline and topaz colored feathers.’
    shimmering, shimmery, glittering, sparkling, coruscating, dazzling, shining, gleaming, glowing, lustrous, scintillating, dancing, opalescent, opaline
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    another term for milk-glass
    • ‘Claudia Roden says: This pudding is like opaline encrusted with little stones.’
    1. 1.1Translucent glass of a colour other than white.