opalescent

adjective opal·es·cent \ ˌō-pə-ˈle-sᵊnt \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of opalescent

: reflecting an iridescent light

opalescence

play \ˌō-pə-ˈle-sᵊn(t)s\ noun

opalescently

play \ˌō-pə-ˈle-sᵊnt-lē\ adverb

Examples of opalescent in a Sentence

  1. once given away as a cheap prize at carnivals, this opalesecent glass is now highly prized by collectors

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First Known Use of opalescent

circa 1813


Medical Dictionary

opalescent

adjective opal·es·cent \ ˌō-pə-ˈles-ᵊnt \

medical Definition of opalescent

: reflecting an iridescent light
  • saliva is a viscous opalescent fluid

opalescence

play \-ᵊn(t)s\ noun

opalescently

play \-ᵊnt-lē\ adverb


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