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au·re·ole / ˈôrēˌōl/ (also au·re·o·la / ôˈrēələ/ ) • n. a circle of light or brightness surrounding something, esp. as depicted in art around the head or body of a person represented as holy. ∎  another term for corona1 (sense 1, of the sun or moon). ∎ another term for areola. ∎  Geol. the zone of metamorphosed rock surrounding an igneous intrusion.

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aureole (ôr´ēōl´), in physics, luminous circle seen when the sun or other bright light is observed through a diffuse medium, i.e., smoke, thin cloud, fog, haze, or mist. It sometimes occurs as a series of concentric circles. The aureole results from the dispersion of light by particles of dust or water. Because of the refraction of the light waves, it exhibits color in varying intensities. In geology, an aureole zone is where rocks show the effect of contacting intruding, hot igneous rock, also called contact metamorphism.

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aureole The luminous white or bluish disc, surrounded by a brown ring, sometimes observed directly surrounding the Sun or Moon. The term is also used to describe the bright area with no definite boundary commonly seen surrounding the Sun in a clear sky. See also CORONA.

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aureole. Halo or Glory surrounding the figure of Christ, the Virgin, or a Saint. If almond-shaped, it is formed of two interlocking segmental arcs, the whole figure called a mandorla or a vesica piscis. A circular halo surrounding a head only is called a nimbus.

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Aureole (symbol or mark of holiness): see HALO.

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aureole, in art: see nimbus.

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aureole a circle of light or brightness depicted in art around the head or body of a person represented as holy.