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o·pal·es·cent

 (ō′pə-lĕs′ənt)
adj.
Exhibiting a milky iridescence like that of an opal.

o′pal·es′cence n.
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opalescent

(ˌəʊpəˈlɛsənt)
adj
having or emitting an iridescence like that of an opal
ˌopalˈescence n
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o•pal•es•cent

(ˌoʊ pəˈlɛs ənt)

adj.
1. exhibiting a play of colors like that of the opal.
2. having a milky iridescence.
[1805–15]
o`pal•es′cence, n.
o`pal•es′cent•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.opalescent - having a play of lustrous rainbow colors; "an iridescent oil slick"; "nacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearl"; "a milky opalescent (or opaline) luster"
bright - emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room"
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opalescent

adjective iridescent, pearly, shimmering, lustrous, opaline, shot, prismatic, rainbow-coloured, polychromatic, rainbow-hued, nacreous opalescent blue glass
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Translations

opalescent

[ˌəʊpəˈlesnt] ADJopalescente
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opalescent

[ˌəʊpəˈlɛsənt] adjopalescent(e)
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opalescent

adjschimmernd, opaleszierend
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On his chest, suspended from a single string of porpoise-teeth around his throat, hung a big crescent carved out of opalescent pearl-shell.
The evening daylight in the streets was large and luminous, opalescent and empty.
"I want nothing." Then, half opening the lids, so as to show a slit of opalescent eyeball, he repeated, "I want nothing." Then he opened his eyes wide with a startling stare, said, "I want nothing," and went rustling away into the rapidly darkening garden.
The first faint winter's dawn was beginning to appear, and we could dimly see the occasional figure of an early workman as he passed us, blurred and indistinct in the opalescent London reek.
It was large as a pigeon egg, a perfect sphere, of a whiteness that reflected opalescent lights from all colors about it.
They first produced small pottery items to demonstrate experimental glaze techniques and, by 1903, Lancastrian Pottery had begun, and developed an opalescent ceramic glaze called Lancastrian.
Highlighting Glow (bottom right) is an opalescent with golden/pink undertones to layer and highlight to give a dazzling glow to your complexion.
Following in the footsteps of his artist mother, to whom this book is dedicated, he also created "Earth Art," amazingly colorful photos that vary from realistic shots to the seemingly abstract, showing islands in the Bahamas, fiery Peruvian volcanoes and an opalescent Iran resembling shimmering gold filaments.
Dazzlingly elegant, the shapes--made from steel and, in the latter's case, glass-fiber-reinforced polymer--were coated in a creamy opalescent mother-of-pearl finish, as though excreted by some colossal alien mollusk.
ASH NYC, a Brooklyn-based development and design firm, in partnership with Martin Lomazow, legacy owner of the original Dannenhoffer Opalescent Glassworks factory, announced the official launch of leasing of Glassworks Bushwick.
The well-presented Old English white 1962 3.8 roadster selling for over top estimate at PS99,000, while the opalescent blue 1964 4.2 FHC (right) achieved PS86,820.