Harlequin opal
Harlequin Har"le*quin (h[aum]r"l[-e]*k[i^]n or -kw[i^]n), n. [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. {Hell}, {Kin}.] A buffoon, dressed in party-colored clothes, who plays tricks, often without speaking, to divert the bystanders or an audience; a merry-andrew; originally, a droll rogue of Italian comedy. --Percy Smith. [1913 Webster]

As dumb harlequin is exhibited in our theaters. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

{Harlequin bat} (Zo["o]l.), an Indian bat ({Scotophilus ornatus}), curiously variegated with white spots.

{Harlequin beetle} (Zo["o]l.), a very large South American beetle ({Acrocinus longimanus}) having very long legs and antenn[ae]. The elytra are curiously marked with red, black, and gray.

{Harlequin cabbage bug}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Calicoback}.

{Harlequin caterpillar}. (Zo["o]l.), the larva of an American bombycid moth ({Euch[ae]tes egle}) which is covered with black, white, yellow, and orange tufts of hair.

{Harlequin duck} (Zo["o]l.), a North American duck ({Histrionicus histrionicus}). The male is dark ash, curiously streaked with white.

{Harlequin moth}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Magpie Moth}.

{Harlequin opal}. See {Opal}.

{Harlequin snake} (Zo["o]l.), See {harlequin snake} in the vocabulary. [1913 Webster]


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  • harlequin opal — Opal O pal, n. [L. opalus: cf. Gr. ?, Skr. upala a rock, stone, precious stone: cf. F. opale.] (Min.) A mineral consisting, like quartz, of silica, but inferior to quartz in hardness and specific gravity. [1913 Webster] Note: The {precious opal}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harlequin opal — /ˈhaləkwən oʊpəl/ (say hahluhkwuhn ohpuhl) noun an opal which has small patches of different colour within the stone, creating a chequered pattern of coloured patches; the rarest and most sought after opal. Also, harlequin …   Australian English dictionary

  • harlequin opal — noun a reddish opal with small patches of brilliant color • Hypernyms: ↑opal * * * noun : an opal with small angular patches of brilliant color on a reddish ground * * * a variety of opal having patches of various colors. [1870 75] …   Useful english dictionary

  • harlequin opal — a variety of opal having patches of various colors. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • Harlequin — Har le*quin (h[aum]r l[ e]*k[i^]n or kw[i^]n), n. [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. {Hell}, {Kin}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harlequin bat — Harlequin Har le*quin (h[aum]r l[ e]*k[i^]n or kw[i^]n), n. [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. {Hell} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harlequin beetle — Harlequin Har le*quin (h[aum]r l[ e]*k[i^]n or kw[i^]n), n. [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. {Hell} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harlequin cabbage bug — Harlequin Har le*quin (h[aum]r l[ e]*k[i^]n or kw[i^]n), n. [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. {Hell} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harlequin caterpillar — Harlequin Har le*quin (h[aum]r l[ e]*k[i^]n or kw[i^]n), n. [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. {Hell} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harlequin duck — Harlequin Har le*quin (h[aum]r l[ e]*k[i^]n or kw[i^]n), n. [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. {Hell} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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