Origin of iridescentfrom Classical Latin iris, rainbow from Gr, rainbow (see iris) + -escent
An iridescent abalone shell.
The definition of iridescent is something that has rainbow like colors.
An example of iridescent is the inside of an abalone shell.
having or showing shifting changes in color or an interplay of rainbowlike colors, as when seen from different angles
- Producing a display of lustrous, rainbowlike colors: an iridescent oil slick; iridescent plumage.
- Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful in effect or appearance: “The prelude was as iridescent as a prism in a morning room” ( Carson McCullers )
(comparative more iridescent, superlative most iridescent)
- The cream colored siding looked iridescent in the moonlight.
- The happiest specimens of this glass almost rival the wings of butterflies in the brilliancy of their iridescent colours.
- Most curious of all is the courtship of the males of some species of Salticidae, or jumping spiders, which are decorated with plumes or coloured stripes or iridescent patches.
- But instead of a rim of darker blue surrounding her irises, they were rimmed by a thick band of iridescent silver.
- The African golden-moles (Chrysochloris), the desmans or water-moles (Myogale), and the West African Potamogale velox, are remarkable as being the only mammals whose hair reflects those iridescent tints so common in the feathers of tropical birds.