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Iridescent vs. Opalescent

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  • Iridescent (adjective)

    Producing a display of lustrous, rainbow-like colors; prismatic.

  • Iridescent (adjective)

    Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful.

  • Opalescent (adjective)

    Exhibiting a milky iridescence like that of an opal.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Iridescent (adjective)

    Having colors like the rainbow; exhibiting a play of changeable colors; nacreous; prismatic; as, iridescent glass. See iridescence.

  • Opalescent (adjective)

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

Webster Dictionary
  • Iridescent (adjective)

    varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles;

    "changeable taffeta"

    "chatoyant (or shot) silk"

    "a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent"

  • Iridescent (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"

  • 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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