Definition of iridescence
1 : a lustrous rainbowlike play of color caused by differential refraction of light waves (as from an oil slick, soap bubble, or fish scales) that tends to change as the angle of view changes
2 : a lustrous or attractive quality or effect
Recent Examples of iridescence from the Web
Sometimes iridescence can be seen far from the sun but is most frequent near to it.
View: Greta Agazzi, a 27-year-old MUA from Italy, created this beautiful masterpiece of unicorn iridescence using toilet paper.
Only on the plane ride home do those elusive, ethereal whooshes of green iridescence finally make their cameo in the night sky — but on the opposite side of the aircraft from where Mr. Dyer and his wife are sitting.
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First Known Use of iridescence
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Definition of iridescence for Students
: a shifting and constant change of colors producing rainbow effects
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