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girasol

[jir-uh-sawl, -sol] /ˈdʒɪr əˌsɔl, -ˌsɒl/
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] /ˈdʒɪr əˌsoʊl/ (Show IPA),
girosol.
Origin of girasol
1580-1590
1580-90; < Italian, equivalent to gira(re) to turn (see girandole) + sole the sun; cf. parasol
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  • girasole then led the way up stairs to a room on the second story.

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  • It was a slight, and girasole showed that he felt it; but Minnie could not help it.

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  • She saw the dark figure of the new-comer pass by one of the windows, and by the outline she knew that it was girasole.

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  • All these things combined to stimulate the hate as well as the love of girasole.

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  • Then girasole descended the stairs, and the lady again sank upon her knees.

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  • The arrival of girasole, therefore, was greeted by her with joy.

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  • Before the next day girasole would certainly discover all, and in that case he was a doomed man.

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  • The former he might consider a scoundrel; but why should girasole mislead?

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  • The Baron looked at the face, and recognized the features of girasole.

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  • There was now some delay, and girasole gave some orders to his men.

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British Dictionary definitions for girasole

girasol

/ˈdʒɪrəˌsɒl; -ˌsəʊl/
noun
1.
a type of opal that has a red or pink glow in bright light; fire opal
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, from girare to revolve (see gyrate) + sole the sun, from Latin sōl
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Word Origin and History for girasole
n.

1580s, from Italian girasole, literally "turning toward the sun," from girare "to rotate" (see gyration) + sole (see Sol).

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