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opalesce

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/ 藢o蕣 p蓹藞l蓻s /
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verb (used without object), o路pal路esced, o路pal路esc路ing.
to exhibit a play of colors like that of the opal.
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Origin of opalesce

First recorded in 1810鈥20; back formation from opalescent

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British Dictionary definitions for opalesce

opalesce
/ (藢蓹蕣p蓹藞l蓻s) /

verb
(intr) to exhibit a milky iridescence
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