girasol

girasol

[jir-uh-sawl, -sol]
noun
1.
an opal that reflects light in a bright luminous glow.
2.
adjective
3.
(of a stone) translucent and bluish-white with reddish reflections under strong light; opalescent.
Also, girasole [jir-uh-sohl] , girosol.


Origin:
1580–90; < Italian, equivalent to gira(re) to turn (see girandole) + sole the sun; cf. parasol

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girasol, girosol or girasole (ˈdʒɪrəˌsɒl, -ˌsəʊl, ˈdʒɪrəˌsɒl, -ˌsəʊl, ˈdʒɪrəˌsɒl, -ˌsəʊl)
 
n
a type of opal that has a red or pink glow in bright light; fire opal
 
[C16: from Italian, from girare to revolve (see gyrate) + sole the sun, from Latin sōl]
 
girosol, girosol or girasole
 
n
 
[C16: from Italian, from girare to revolve (see gyrate) + sole the sun, from Latin sōl]
 
girasole, girosol or girasole
 
n
 
[C16: from Italian, from girare to revolve (see gyrate) + sole the sun, from Latin sōl]

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