- exhibiting a play of colors like that of the opal.
- having a milky iridescence.
Origin of opalescent
Examples from the Web for opalescent
Contemporary Examples of opalescent
The opalescent, minty-green louche billows under the ice water droplets.The Absinthe-Minded Porteños of Buenos Aires
March 10, 2014
Boris plunged in his hand and drew out an exquisite marble thing, blue-veined, rose-tinted, and glistening with opalescent drops.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Historical Examples of opalescent
A face was there—a man with a blur of opalescent light behind him.The World Beyond
Raymond King Cummings
The sun was rising, and the water assumed an opalescent hue.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
How could he fasten the repellor to that great, impenetrable, opalescent bulk?The Planetoid of Peril
The soft, opalescent mornings are fragrant with love and pleasure.The Choice of Life
The evening daylight in the streets was large and luminous, opalescent and empty.The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
- having or emitting an iridescence like that of an opal
Word Origin and History for opalescent
- Resembling an opal in the display of various colors, often used to describe certain bacterial cultures.
- Exhibiting a milky iridescence like that of opal.