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IRIDESCENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does iridescent mean? 

IRIDESCENT (adjective)
  The adjective IRIDESCENT has 2 senses:

1. varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
2. having a play of lustrous rainbow-like colors

  Familiarity information: IRIDESCENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IRIDESCENT (adjective)


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Meaning:

Varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

Synonyms:

chatoyant; iridescent; shot; changeable

Context examples:

changeable taffeta / chatoyant (or shot) silk / a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent

Similar:

colorful; colourful (having striking color)


Sense 2iridescent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a play of lustrous rainbow-like colors

Synonyms:

opalescent; opaline; pearlescent; iridescent; nacreous

Context examples:

an iridescent oil slick / nacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearl / a milky opalescent (or opaline) luster

Similar:

bright (emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts)


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