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phosphorescent

[fos-fuh-res-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. exhibiting phosphorescence.

Origin of phosphorescent

First recorded in 1760–70; phosphor(us) + -escent
Related formsphos·pho·res·cent·ly, adverbsem·i·phos·pho·res·cent, adjective
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phosphorescent

adjective
  1. exhibiting or having the property of phosphorescence
Derived Formsphosphorescently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for phosphorescent

adj.

1766, from Modern Latin phosphorus (see phosphorus) + -escent. Related: Phosphorescently.

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