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Translucent vs. Iridescent

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Translucentadjective

Allowing light to pass through, but diffusing it.

Iridescentadjective

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

Translucentadjective

Clear, lucid, or transparent.

Iridescentadjective

Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful.

Translucentadjective

Transmitting rays of light without permitting objects to be distinctly seen; partially transparent.

Iridescentadjective

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

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Translucentadjective

Transparent; clear.

‘Replenished from the cool, translucent springs.’;

Iridescentadjective

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

‘changeable taffeta’; ‘chatoyant (or shot) silk’; ‘a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent’;

Translucentadjective

almost transparent; allowing light to pass through diffusely;

‘translucent amber’; ‘semitransparent curtains at the windows’;

Iridescentadjective

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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