opalescent

[ oh-puh-les-uhnt ]
/ ˌoʊ pəˈlɛs ənt /

adjective

exhibiting a play of colors like that of the opal.
having a milky iridescence.

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Origin of opalescent

First recorded in 1805–15; opal + -escent

OTHER WORDS FROM opalescent

o·pal·es·cence, nouno·pal·es·cent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for opalescent

opalescent
/ (ˌəʊpəˈlɛsənt) /

adjective

having or emitting an iridescence like that of an opal

Derived forms of opalescent

opalescence, noun
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Medical definitions for opalescent

opalescent
[ ō′pə-lĕsənt ]

adj.

Resembling an opal in the display of various colors, often used to describe certain bacterial cultures.
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Scientific definitions for opalescent

opalescent
[ ō′pə-lĕsənt ]

Exhibiting a milky iridescence like that of opal.
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