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  • Showing luminous colors that seem to change when seen from different angles.

    ‘the drake's head has an iridescent purple sheen’
    • ‘Breeding adults have yellow bills, iridescent feathers that shine purple and green and are flecked with white spots.’
    • ‘An iridescent colour is a colour that changes with the angle of view.’
    • ‘The skin was covered in small black scales, no longer glittering with the iridescent purple hues that most had.’
    • ‘A shimmering iridescent image showing bauhinia flowers appears when the banknote is tilted under a bright light.’
    • ‘As she neared the object, she noticed it was an iridescent purple and pink.’
    • ‘It was a long, silvery iridescent gown covered with glittering stars and moons.’
    • ‘An iridescent sheen spread over the surface of the water below him, indicating a fuel leak.’
    • ‘Under the crystal bright light of a full moon their blue marble shined, iridescent.’
    • ‘The silver hake, in accordance with its name, has a silvery iridescent sheen when freshly caught.’
    • ‘They are often iridescent, giving them a spectacular array of colours.’
    • ‘She gazes at her daughter, both faces iridescent with joy.’
    • ‘The beaches are litter-free and the water an iridescent ice-blue.’
    • ‘It has an iridescent shiny ice pink dial with pink patent leather strap and a changeable sporty gel strap.’
    • ‘A mobile phone with an iridescent blue cover peeps from the top pocket.’
    • ‘Because many of the iridescent glass wares were sold to fun-fairs it became known as Carnival Glass.’
    • ‘It seems anything that catches my eye with an iridescent quality, I am uncontrollably drawn to.’
    • ‘She was a small, colorfully dressed creature with very long blonde hair and iridescent blue eyeshadow.’
    • ‘Adult males have a pink-streaked iridescent throat-patch that can be held erect.’
    • ‘He then puckered neon light through the mural, creating an iridescent glow.’
    • ‘Each arc had an iridescent crystal drop in the center of it, and loops of silver chains falling to her mid back from each.’
    shimmering, shimmery, glittering, sparkling, coruscating, dazzling, shining, gleaming, glowing, lustrous, scintillating, dancing, opalescent, opaline
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/ˌirəˈdes(ə)nt/ /ˌɪrəˈdɛs(ə)nt/


Late 18th century from Latin iris, irid- ‘rainbow’+ -escent.