iridescent

adjective ir·i·des·cent \ ˌir-ə-ˈde-sᵊnt \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of iridescent

:having or exhibiting iridescence

iridescently

adverb

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Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, took messages from Mount Olympus to earth, and from gods to mortals or other gods, using the rainbow as her stairway. Iridescence is thus the glowing, shifting, colorful quality of a rainbow, also seen in an opal, a light oil slick, a butterfly wing, or the mother-of-pearl that lines an oyster shell.

Origin and Etymology of iridescent

Greek īrid-, îris "rainbow, iridescent halo around the moon, a flame, etc." + -escent — more at 1iris


IRIDESCENT Defined for English Language Learners

iridescent

adjective

Definition of iridescent for English Language Learners

  • : shining with many different colors when seen from different angles


IRIDESCENT Defined for Kids

iridescent

adjective ir·i·des·cent \ ˌir-ə-ˈde-sᵊnt \

Definition of iridescent for Students

:having iridescence

Medical Dictionary

iridescent

adjective ir·i·des·cent \ ˌir-ə-ˈdes-ᵊnt \

medical Definition of iridescent

:having or exhibiting a display of colors producing rainbow effects

iridescence

play \-ᵊn(t)s\ noun


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