Definitions for opalineˈoʊ pə lɪn, -ˌlin, -ˌlaɪn
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o•pal•ineˈoʊ pə lɪn, -ˌlin, -ˌlaɪn(adj.)
like opal; opalescent.
Origin of opaline:
iridescent, nacreous, opalescent, opaline, pearlescent(adj)
having a play of lustrous rainbow colors
"an iridescent oil slick"; "nacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearl"; "a milky opalescent (or opaline) luster"
any of several minerals resembling opal
resembling opal in its iridescence
The opalines are a small group of peculiar protists, currently assigned to the family Opalinidae, in the order Slopalinida. Their name is derived from the opalescent appearance of these microscopic organisms when illuminated with full sunlight. Most opalines live as endocommensals in the large intestine and cloaca of anurans, though they are sometimes found in fish, reptiles, molluscs and insects. The unusual features of the opalines, first observed by Antoine van Leeuwenhoek in 1683, has led to much debate regarding their phylogenetic position among the protists.
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