A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

OPAL

Tue, 19 Apr '22
Milky gem
Thu, 10 Feb '22
Stone with "fire" and "water" varieties
Thu, 6 Jan '22
Birthstone after sapphire
Mon, 22 Nov '21
Iridescent gem
Tue, 19 Oct '21
October birthstone
Sun, 26 Sep '21
Tometi who co-founded Black Lives Matter
Wed, 8 Sep '21
___ glass (translucent ornamental material)
Wed, 28 Jul '21
Gem that's a woman's name
Sun, 23 May '21
Birthstone for Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez