What does iridescent mean?

Definitions for iridescent
ˌɪr ɪˈdɛs əntiri·des·cent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. changeable, chatoyant, iridescent, shotadjective

    varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

    "changeable taffeta"; "chatoyant (or shot) silk"; "a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent"

  2. iridescent, nacreous, opalescent, opaline, pearlescentadjective

    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"


  1. iridescentadjective

    Producing a display of lustrous, rainbow-like colors; prismatic.

  2. iridescentadjective

    Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful.

  3. Etymology: Coined around 1800, from iris + -escent.


  1. iridescent

    Iridescence (also known as goniochromism) is the phenomenon of certain surfaces that appear to gradually change color as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes. Examples of iridescence include soap bubbles, feathers, butterfly wings and seashell nacre, and minerals such as opal. It is a kind of structural coloration that is due to wave interference of light in microstructures or thin films. Pearlescence is a related effect where some or most of the reflected light is white. The term pearlescent is used to describe certain paint finishes, usually in the automotive industry, which actually produce iridescent effects.


  1. iridescent

    Iridescent refers to displaying a play of lustrous, changing colors, similar to those seen in a soap bubble or on a oil slick. These colors change and shift as the object or surface is viewed from different angles. This characteristic is often seen in certain gems, minerals, bird feathers, insect wings, and seashells.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Iridescentadjective

    having colors like the rainbow; exhibiting a play of changeable colors; nacreous; prismatic; as, iridescent glass

  2. Etymology: [L. iris, iridis, the rainbow: cf. F. iridescent.]


  1. Iridescent

    a surface which reflects the prismatic hues.

Anagrams for iridescent »

  1. cretinised

  2. indiscreet

  3. indiscrete

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of iridescent in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of iridescent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of iridescent in a Sentence

  1. Chad Eliason:

    Hummingbirds have bright, iridescent feathers, but if you took a hummingbird feather and smashed it into tiny pieces, you’d only see black dust. The pigment in the feathers is black, but the shapes of the melanosomes that produce that pigment are what make the colors in hummingbird feathers that we see.

  2. Jurgen Otto:

    They are very, very colorful, they often have iridescent scales and they do something quite remarkable. They perform a courtship dance for females, to impress them.

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