phosphorescent

[fos-fuh-res-uh nt]

adjective

exhibiting phosphorescence.

Nearby words

  1. phosphor-,
  2. phosphorate,
  3. phosphore,
  4. phosphoresce,
  5. phosphorescence,
  6. phosphoreted,
  7. phosphoriboisomerase,
  8. phosphoric,
  9. phosphoric acid,
  10. phosphoric anhydride

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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British Dictionary definitions for phosphorescent

phosphorescent

adjective

exhibiting or having the property of phosphorescence
Derived Formsphosphorescently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for phosphorescent

phosphorescent

adj.

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

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