Meaning of opaline in English:


Pronunciation /ˈəʊp(ə)lʌɪn/ /ˈəʊp(ə)lɪn/


  • Opalescent.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He decorated glass of at least six colours: clear, opaque and opaline white, green, amethyst and several shades of blue.’
    • ‘He had rich, wavy hair of a raven black hue and opaline green eyes that she swore looked right into her soul.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    shimmering, shimmery, glittering, sparkling, coruscating, dazzling, shining, gleaming, glowing, lustrous, scintillating, dancing, opalescent, opaline


another term for milk-glass
  • ‘Claudia Roden says: This pudding is like opaline encrusted with little stones.’