Coined around 1800, from Latiniris (“rainbow”) + -escent.
Iridescent Sentence Examples
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.