Definition of iridescent
: having or exhibiting iridescence
Did You Know?
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.
First Known Use of iridescent
IRIDESCENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of iridescent for English Language Learners
: shining with many different colors when seen from different angles
IRIDESCENT Defined for Kids
Definition of iridescent for Students
: having iridescence
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