structural color


Definition of structural color

: a color or color component due to interference of light (as in thin films), diffraction (as by a grating), refractive dispersion (as in a rainbow), differential scattering, or differential polarization colors of most bodies are due largely to selective absorption with some superposed structural color

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First Known Use of structural color

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Structural color.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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