hyalite

noun

hy·​a·​lite ˈhī-ə-ˌlīt How to pronounce hyalite (audio)
: a colorless opal that is clear as glass or sometimes translucent or whitish

Word History

Etymology

German Hyalit, from Greek hyalos

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hyalite was in 1794

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Cite this Entry

“Hyalite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyalite. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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