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

Definition of opalescent

: reflecting an iridescent light

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Other Words from opalescent

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

Synonyms for opalescent


iridescent, nacreous, pearlescent

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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

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This particular car, then in opalescent blue, had its star turn at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to bring attention to the Palace’s commitment to fight urban air pollution. WSJ, "1968 Jaguar E-Type Zero: Revamping the Vintage Roadster as an Electric Car," 5 Oct. 2018 Kylie Jenner completed her head-to-toe white look with matching nails, too, opting for a set of opalescent square acrylics. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "VMAs 2018: All Your Favorite Stars Wore White Nail Polish," 21 Aug. 2018 The opalescent white went on as my highlight, on my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. refinery29.com, "I Found The Palette Bella Hadid Uses To Get Her Red-Carpet Glow — & I'm Obsessed," 24 June 2018 Saluting the Balmain army Balmain also fashioned a short and sassy custom creation for Mrs. Carter out of opalescent material. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "See Beyonce's jaw-dropping, high-fashion looks from her 'On the Run II' tour with Jay-Z," 7 June 2018 For the face, Starr made an opalescent face powder called Hot and Heavy, which is a neutral tan shade with gold shimmer that can be used all over for a golden finish similar to M.A.C’s Skin Finish. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Who’s Ready for ‘Sandy Crotch’ Eye Shadow?," 31 May 2018 The raw flesh of the fish is opalescent, fine-grained and smooth and nearly translucent, with a flavor to match. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 Moonstone is an opalescent shade allegedly infused with rose quartz crystals and a moisturizing oil core. Jessica Prince Erlich, The Cut, "The 15 Best Highlighters," 11 May 2018 Folks, get into opalescent hair, which mixes iridescent pinks, purples, greens, and blues on a pearly, platinum base. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "13 Stunning Opal Hair-Color Ideas That Are Trending for 2018," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of opalescent

circa 1813, in the meaning defined above

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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 opalescence (audio) \ noun
opalescently \ -​ᵊnt-​lē How to pronounce opalescently (audio) \ adverb

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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