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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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  • The iridescence of her skin gleamed under the flaming red of her cheeks.

    The Girl in the Golden Atom Raymond King Cummings
  • Henry's sleep was feverish, and shot with the iridescence of strange dreams.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Much of Chopin's music has in addition to inspired melody, an iridescence as if produced by cascades of jewels.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • She was dressed in black, as usual, with an iridescence of some sort about her person and her hat.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • The term "iridescence" is used when the display of colour is seen on the surface, rather than coming out of the stone itself.

  • On the contrary, its wings had grown to an amazing span and iridescence.

    Pieces of Eight Richard le Gallienne
  • The female is similar, but lacks the white crown and iridescence on the head.

  • The iridescence of the rippling water over the rainbow-coloured pebbles is very lovely.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • What has happened is as clear as the iridescence of a dragon's eye.

    Kai Lung's Golden Hours Ernest Bramah
Word Origin and History for iridescence

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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