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

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 Made by Tokyo’s oldest glassmaker, Hirota Glass, this delicate soy sauce cruet has milky, opalescent stripes and holds five ounces of liquid. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, "15 Gifts That Are Under $100 (and a Few Splurges!)," 17 Nov. 2020 Riffing off of the show’s color palette, there’s a creamy white reminiscent of the hushed hue of cameo pendants; a subtly off-black black (less punk rock; more everyday neutral); and an opalescent pearl which, Hannah notes, is entirely foolproof. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This J. Hannah Nail Polish Kit, Created in Collaboration With the Met, Is a One-Stop Shop for Holiday Manicures," 26 Oct. 2020 Szramowski has done bedazzled spiderwebs in both black and opalescent white, but try other Halloween hues, like orange and purple. Devon Abelman, Allure, "This Sparkly Spiderweb Makeup Is the Ultimate 2020 Halloween Costume," 14 Oct. 2020 These super-light highlighters have the prettiest opalescent finish and, best of all for summer days, won’t feel like another layer of makeup on your face. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "All Stila Cosmetics, including our favorite liquid eyeliner, are 20% off right now," 20 Aug. 2020 Five years ago, Park gained global attention for her glass nails, which looked like shards of opalescent glass were affixed to polish. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Inside the Studio (and Mind) of Unistella’s Park Eunkyung," 14 Apr. 2020 Using your finger or a shadow brush, press an opalescent-holographic eye gloss evenly over your entire lid. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "I Tried Spring 2019's Coolest Graphic Makeup Looks," 25 Nov. 2019 Tsip is a vaguely opalescent pink, shimmering in the sunlight. David Canfield, EW.com, "Ready for more Slayer? Get a first look at Kiersten White's next Buffy-based novel," 17 July 2019 The opalescent colors, tending toward apricot and a sort of Trumpian, fake-tan orange in his final years, feel incurably kitsch. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "More and more people loathe Renoir. Is it time for a revival?," 25 June 2019

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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 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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