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 OnyxOpal of Alphonso XII. (of Spain) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
O’pal.
 
From the Greek ops (the eye). Considered unlucky for the same reason that peacocks’ feathers in a house are said to be unlucky. A peacock’s feather, being full of eyes, act as spies in a house, prying into one’s privacy. Similarly, it is unlucky to introduce the eye-stone or opal into a house, because it will interfere with the sanctity of domestic privacy. (See CERAUNIUM).   1
       
“Not an opal
Wrapped in a bay-leaf in my left fist,
To charm their eyes with.”
       
Ben Jonson: New Inn, i. 6.
 


 OnyxOpal of Alphonso XII. (of Spain) 

 
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