[ir-i-des-uh nt] /ˌɪr ɪˈdɛs ənt/

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

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


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