Meaning of oculus mundi in English:

oculus mundi

Pronunciation /ˌɒkjʊləs ˈmʊndi/


  • A variety of opal which becomes transparent on absorbing water.


Mid 17th century. Probably a transferred use of post-classical Latin oculus mundi, the sun, literally the eye of the world, alteration (with transposition of the elements) of classical Latin mundī oculus from oculus eye + mundī, genitive singular of mundus world. Compare French oculus mundi, and later eye of the world.