Note: ☞ The precious opal presents a peculiar play of colors of delicate tints, and is highly esteemed as a gem. One kind, with a varied play of color in a reddish ground, is called the harlequin opal. The fire opal has colors like the red and yellow of flame. Common opal has a milky appearance. Menilite is a brown impure variety, occurring in concretions at Menilmontant, near Paris. Other varieties are cacholong girasol hyalite, and geyserite.
Etymology: L. opalus: cf. Gr. �, Skr. upala a rock, stone, precious stone: cf. F. opale