opalescent

[ oh-puh-les-uh nt ]
/ ˌoʊ pəˈlɛs ənt /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. opafication,
  2. opah,
  3. opal,
  4. opal glass,
  5. opalesce,
  6. opaleye,
  7. opaline,
  8. opaque,
  9. opaque context,
  10. opaque projector

Origin of opalescent

First recorded in 1805–15; opal + -escent

Related formso·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 Formsopalescence, noun

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Word Origin and History for opalescent

opalescent

adj.

1813, from opal + -escent.

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Medicine 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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Science definitions for opalescent

opalescent

[ ō′pə-lĕsənt ]

Exhibiting a milky iridescence like that of opal.
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