Iridescent



[ir-i-des-uh nt] /ˌɪr ɪˈdɛs ənt/

adjective
1.
displaying a play of lustrous colors like those of the rainbow.
noun
2.
an iridescent cloth, material, or other substance:
new fall dresses of imported iridescents.
/ˌɪrɪˈdɛsənt/
adjective
1.
displaying a spectrum of colours that shimmer and change due to interference and scattering as the observer’s position changes
adj.

1796, literally “rainbow-colored,” coined from comb. form of Latin iris (genitive iridis) “rainbow” (see iris). Related: Iridescently.

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