opalescent

[oh-puh-les-uhnt]
adjective
1.
exhibiting a play of colors like that of the opal.
2.
having a milky iridescence.

Origin:
1805–15; opal + -escent

opalescence, noun
opalescently, adverb
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opalescent (ˌəʊpəˈlɛsənt)
 
adj
having or emitting an iridescence like that of an opal
 
opal'escence
 
n

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opalescent
1813, from opal.

opalescence
early 19c., from opalescent.
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opalescent o·pal·es·cent (ō'pə-lěs'ənt)
adj.
Resembling an opal in the display of various colors, often used to describe certain bacterial cultures.

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opalescent   (ō'pə-lěs'ənt)  Pronunciation Key 
Exhibiting a milky iridescence like that of opal.
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Leakage of these bodies into intercellular spaces, termed opalescence, affects appearance and reduces shelf-life.
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