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Iridescence vs. Opalescent

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  • Iridescence (noun)

    The condition or state of being iridescent; exhibition of colors like those of the rainbow; a prismatic play of color.

  • Iridescence (noun)

    Any shimmer of glittering and changeable colors.

  • Opalescent (adjective)

    Exhibiting a milky iridescence like that of an opal.

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  • Iridescence (noun)

    Exhibition of colors like those of the rainbow, especially a surface reflection which changes color with the angle at which the object is viewed; the quality or state of being iridescent; a prismatic play of color; as, the iridescence of mother-of-pearl. It is due to interference of light waves reflected from the front and back surfaces of a thin layer transpatrent or semitransparent film.

  • Opalescent (adjective)

    Reflecting a milky or pearly light from the interior; having an opaline play of colors.

Webster Dictionary
  • Iridescence (noun)

    the visual property of something having a milky brightness

  • Opalescent (adjective)

    having a play of lustrous rainbow-like colors;

    "an iridescent oil slick"

    "nacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearl"

    "a milky opalescent (or opaline) luster"

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