Part of speech: adjective

Possessing an iridescent play of pearly colors.

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Usage examples "opalescent":

  1. " Look sharp;" and he went and leaned his elbows on the window, to gaze out at the lovely opalescent mist through which, looking huge in proportion, a brown- sailed lugger came creeping over the steely sea, which shone and glanced wherever the sun passed through the heavy mist. - "Menhardoc", George Manville Fenn.
  2. Then the sea lies in opalescent patches, and the low shores fade away into the gathering night. - "African Camp Fires", Stewart Edward White.
  3. So close the opalescent feet of it looked that it seemed as though the ship's bows were heading through the phantom portals of some new world, but high in air the summit of the curve, clear and burnished as cut- glass, looked infinitely far away. - "Beggars on Horseback", F. Tennyson Jesse.