opal·​es·​cent | \ ˌō-pə-ˈle-sᵊnt How to pronounce opalescent (audio) \

Definition of opalescent

: reflecting an iridescent light

Other Words from opalescent

opalescence \ ˌō-​pə-​ˈle-​sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce opalescent (audio) \ noun
opalescently \ ˌō-​pə-​ˈle-​sᵊnt-​lē How to pronounce opalescent (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of opalescent in a Sentence

once given away as a cheap prize at carnivals, this opalescent glass is now highly prized by collectors
Recent Examples on the Web The pinky fingers were a sheer pink jelly finish with opalescent flecks that were encapsulated in the nail. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 1 Dec. 2021 Some of the nails also came along with some opalescent jewels. Sara Miranda, Allure, 22 Nov. 2021 Kilims underlay altars from Thailand alongside opalescent glass and incense burners and mid-century Czech light fixtures and tables extracted from ancient French farmhouses and on and on and on. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, 16 Sep. 2021 The earbuds have touch controls with an opalescent jewel style. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 The letters of her name were even glued onto her opalescent blue mani with rhinestoned letters. Devon Abelman, Allure, 27 June 2021 Perched along a famous beach where people search in the sand for actual moonstones - an opalescent rock that is said to channel sensitivity and abundance. Ali Wunderman, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Coffee aficionados may be most compelled, however, by a pale pink opalescent 24-ounce coffee tumbler with a domed lid. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 15 May 2021 Machine Gun Kelly's loyal fanbase will already have spotted a couple of nail polish products on his official website in opalescent silver, neon pink, and jet black, which were launched to support his recent album. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of opalescent

circa 1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of opalescent was circa 1813

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“Opalescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opalescent. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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opal·​es·​cent | \ ˌō-pə-ˈles-ᵊnt How to pronounce opalescent (audio) \

Medical Definition of opalescent

: reflecting an iridescent light saliva is a viscous opalescent fluid

Other Words from opalescent

opalescence \ -​ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce opalescent (audio) \ noun
opalescently \ -​ᵊnt-​lē How to pronounce opalescent (audio) \ adverb


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