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[ir-i-des-uh ns] /ˌɪr ɪˈdɛs əns/
iridescent quality; a play of lustrous, changing colors.
Origin of iridescence
1795-1805; irid- + -escence
Related forms
noniridescence, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for iridescence
  • Until now, the wing colors of many flies and wasps were dismissed as random iridescence.
  • Color in clouds other than at sunset or sunrise is usually cloud iridescence.
  • That's because the colors are caused not by pigment but by iridescence.
  • Inside, the lining has changed from pearly iridescence to smooth, gray stone.
  • All the objects have a patina, a film of iridescence.
  • Puffy-appearing head with multicolored iridescence and fan-shaped white patch.
  • The body plumage and wings have a violet iridescence in strong light.
  • The throat can be light green and the abdomen white or greenish-white, occasionally with a blue or gold iridescence.
  • Usually, the blue iridescence is confined to two rows of coverts and is restricted to the proximal half of the immature wing.
  • The iridescence of the plumage causes the birds to appear different shades of color depending on the angle of light.
Word Origin and History for iridescence

1804, from iridescent + -ence. Related: Iridescency (1799).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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