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 OnyxOpal of Alphonso XII. (of Spain) 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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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