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[ir-i-des-uh ns] /ˌɪr ɪˈdɛs əns/
iridescent quality; a play of lustrous, changing colors.
Origin of iridescence
First recorded in 1795-1805; irid- + -escence
Related forms
noniridescence, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Henry's sleep was feverish, and shot with the iridescence of strange dreams.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • iridescence is, indeed, one of the strongest factors of concealment.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • She was dressed in black, as usual, with an iridescence of some sort about her person and her hat.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • Look for their iridescence of edges of shadow, and of the contours of objects.

    The Painter in Oil Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
  • The little tongues of flame that lit her hair dazzled with iridescence.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • But in the presence of beauty—look at the iridescence round the moon!

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
  • What has happened is as clear as the iridescence of a dragon's eye.

    Kai Lung's Golden Hours Ernest Bramah
  • On the contrary, its wings had grown to an amazing span and iridescence.

    Pieces of Eight Richard le Gallienne
  • It was funny stuff, with an iridescence on it as if she had been rubbing it with furniture polish.

    The Judge

    Rebecca West
Word Origin and History for iridescence

1804, from iridescent + -ence. Related: Iridescency (1799).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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