American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Exhibiting a milky iridescence like that of an opal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having variegated and changing colors like those of the opal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Reflecting a milky or pearly light from the interior; having an opaline play of colors.
- adj. having a play of lustrous rainbow colors
- From opal + -escent. First attested in 1813. (Wiktionary)
“Oh – the purple blue opalescent is my fav, followed by the blue-red.”
“To the observer of the aura the term "opalescent" instinctly presents itself, for there is a striking resemblance to the opaline peculiar play of colors of delicate tints and shades in a body of pearly or milky hue.”
“Mountains of fresh cucumbers, radishes, and green onions, whole heads of romaine, and delicate, opalescent peeled white onions.”
“And what a vision it was; the newspaper describes the sweet treat thus: "The bean, of red and gold, has an opalescent beauty, like some piece of ancient amber.”
“And where is the miraculous, opalescent thing of beauty headed next?”
“The core is white, white, and a flicker of blue, opalescent, unimaginable -”
“Built using curved douglas fir plywood and tubular steel, everything is delicately illuminated by an opalescent storage wall and luminous bricks.”
“An arrangement of peacock feather tips decorated the top of the canopy, and white feather trimming cascaded down each of the columns into a pool of opalescent and white round glass ornaments resembling oversized pearls.”
“I sleep at last, wrapped in his arms, and dream of pearls falling one by one through the narrow neck of an hourglass, winding around its bottom like an opalescent ribbon that will shortly reach its end.”
“Then she appears, and it's hard to imagine this small, opalescent woman in a pink tunic, black slip over black leggings and tiny black”
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