hydrophane

hydrophane

[hahy-druh-feyn]
noun
a partly translucent variety of opal, which becomes more translucent or transparent when immersed in water.

Origin:
1775–85; hydro-1 + -phane

hydrophanous [hahy-drof-uh-nuhs] , adjective
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hydrophane (ˈhaɪdrəʊˌfeɪn)
 
n
a white partially opaque variety of opal that becomes translucent in water
 
hydrophanous
 
adj

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