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Iridescent vs. Opaline — What's the Difference?

Iridescent vs. Opaline — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Iridescent and Opaline

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Iridescent

Producing a display of lustrous, rainbowlike colors
An iridescent oil slick.
Iridescent plumage.

Opaline

A mineral of hydrated silica.

Iridescent

Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful in effect or appearance
"The prelude was as iridescent as a prism in a morning room" (Carson McCullers).

Opaline

A gemstone made of this mineral, noted for its rich iridescence.

Iridescent

(not comparable) Producing a display of lustrous, rainbow-like colors; prismatic.
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Opaline

Resembling opal in having a milky white iridescence.

Iridescent

Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful.

Opaline

A clear to white liquid secreted by sea hares (genus Aplysia) that becomes viscous upon contact with water.
The attack on a sea hare by a spiny lobster causes release of the whitish opaline, followed the co-release of both opaline and ink.

Iridescent

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

Opaline

(mineral) Any of several minerals resembling opal, including a variety of yellow chalcedony.

Iridescent

Varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles;
Changeable taffeta
Chatoyant (or shot) silk
A dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent

Opaline

Syn of opal glass

Iridescent

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

Opaline

Of, pertaining to, or like, opal in appearance; having changeable colors like those of the opal.

Opaline

An opaline variety of yellow chalcedony.

Opaline

Opal glass.

Opaline

An opaline color or expanse.

Opaline

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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