iridescence

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noun ir·i·des·cence \ˌir-ə-ˈde-sən(t)s\

Definition of iridescence

  1. 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. 2 :  a lustrous or attractive quality or effect

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First Known Use of iridescence

1804


IRIDESCENCE Defined for Kids

iridescence

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noun ir·i·des·cence \ˌir-ə-ˈde-səns\

Definition of iridescence for Students

  1. :  a shifting and constant change of colors producing rainbow effects


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