[ ir-i-des-uh ns ]
/ ˌɪr ɪˈdɛs əns /


iridescent quality; a play of lustrous, changing colors.


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Origin of iridescence

First recorded in 1795–1805; irid- + -escence

OTHER WORDS FROM iridescence

non·ir·i·des·cence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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