having an iridescent luster resembling that of pearl; nacreous: healthy skin with a pearlescent glow.

1945–50; pearl1 + -escent, on the model of iridescent, opalescent, etc. Unabridged
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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" [syn: iridescent
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It's pretty, too: each grain has a pearlescent halo, which turns out to be the extremely nutritious germ.
Pearlescent light glows from behind scrims of pale goatskin, and a lone white orchid droops in each of six arched windows.
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