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[fos-fuh-res-uh nt]
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  1. exhibiting phosphorescence.
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Origin of phosphorescent

First recorded in 1760–70; phosphor(us) + -escent
Related formsphos·pho·res·cent·ly, adverbsem·i·phos·pho·res·cent, adjective
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Related Words for phosphorescent

radiant, luminous, shining, sunny, bright, shiny, rich, golden, glistening, vivid, brilliant, shimmering, dazzling, blazing, sparkling, intense, flashing, silvery, lustrous, scintillating

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British Dictionary definitions for phosphorescent


  1. exhibiting or having the property of phosphorescence
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Derived Formsphosphorescently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for phosphorescent


1766, from Modern Latin phosphorus (see phosphorus) + -escent. Related: Phosphorescently.

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