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aureole

[awr-ee-ohl] /ˈɔr iˌoʊl/
noun
1.
a radiance surrounding the head or the whole figure in the representation of a sacred personage.
2.
any encircling ring of light or color; halo.
3.
Astronomy, corona (def 3).
4.
Geology. a zone of altered country rock around an igneous intrusion.
Also, aureola
[aw-ree-uh-luh, uh-ree-] /ɔˈri ə lə, əˈri-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of aureole
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Latin aureola (corona) golden (crown), equivalent to aure(us) golden (see aureate) + -ola, feminine of -olus -ole1
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aureole

/ˈɔːrɪˌəʊl/
noun
1.
(esp in paintings of Christian saints and the deity) a border of light or radiance enveloping the head or sometimes the whole of a figure represented as holy
2.
a less common word for halo
3.
another name for corona (sense 2)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French auréole, from Medieval Latin (corōna) aureola golden (crown), from Latin aureolus golden, from aurum gold
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Word Origin and History for aureole
n.

early 13c., from Latin aureola (corona), fem. diminutive of aureus "golden" (see aureate). In medieval Christianity, the celestial crown worn by martyrs, virgins, etc., as victors over the flesh.

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aureole in Science
aureole
  (ôr'ē-ōl')   
  1. A band of metamorphic rock surrounding a body of cooled magma. Aureoles form through the process of contact metamorphism. See more at contact metamorphism.

  2. See corona.


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