Why can I not find "jewel-bright" in the dictionaries? Is it a set phrase? The meaning is as bright as a jewel, isn't it?

The context wherein I found it:

Twenty minutes later, they left Eeylops Owl Emporium, which had been dark and full of rustling and flickering, jewel-bright eyes. Harry now carried a large cage that held a beautiful snowy owl, fast asleep with her head under her wing. He couldn't stop stammering his thanks, sounding just like Professor Quirrell.


It's a word the writer invented for that story. It's not a common word. The meaning seems plain enough -- bright like or as a jewel. People invent compound words like that all the time. You wouldn't normally find them in a dictionary.

  • Then can I invent a word such as "gold-bright"?
    – Diamond
    Jun 6 '17 at 15:30
  • 2
    Absolutely. People do that all the time.
    – Jay
    Jun 6 '17 at 15:31

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