- exhibiting a play of colors like that of the opal.
- having a milky iridescence.
Origin of opalescent
Related Words for opalescencebrightness, brilliance, shimmer, sparkle, glitter, sheen, glow, resplendence, effulgence, radiance, gleam, glaze, dazzle, iridescence, brilliancy, burnish, glint, polish, lambency, refulgence
Examples from the Web for opalescence
Historical Examples of opalescence
This "play of colour" and "opalescence," must not be confused with "change of colour."
The dormant bodies of the great slugs glowed perceptibly brighter as they fed, and the pulsations of opalescence quickened.The Cavern of the Shining Ones
Hal K. Wells
The alkaline bicarbonates either do not disturb the solution, or only cause a slight degree of opalescence.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The opalescence above referred to principally affects the manubrium, tentacles, and margin of the nectocalyx.
The opalescence, so painful to the eyes, had given place to a clear atmosphere; and the low sun was full of rich coloring.Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack
Elisha Kent Kane
- having or emitting an iridescence like that of an opal
Word Origin and History for opalescence
- Resembling an opal in the display of various colors, often used to describe certain bacterial cultures.
- Exhibiting a milky iridescence like that of opal.