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Word of the Day 04/21/16 Opal

Opal (noun)
opal [oh-puh l]


noun
1. a mineral, an amorphous form of silica, SiO 2 with some water of hydration, found in many varieties and colors, including a form that is milky white.
2. an iridescent variety of this that is used as a gem.
3. a gem of this.

Origin: 1350-1400; Middle English < Latin opalus < Greek opállios opal, gem; probably from a source akin to Sanskrit upala precious stone

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