Resembling an opal in the display of various colors; denoting certain bacterial cultures. [Fr. fr. L. opalus, opal]

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opal·es·cent .ō-pə-'les-ənt adj reflecting an iridescent light <saliva is a viscous \opalescent fluid>
opal·es·cence -ən(t)s n
opal·es·cent·ly -ənt-lē adv

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opal·es·cent (o″pəl-esґənt) showing a milky iridescence, like an opal.

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  • Opalescent — O pal*es cent, a. Reflecting a milky or pearly light from the interior; having an opaline play of colors. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • opalescent — (adj.) 1813, from OPAL (Cf. opal) + ESCENT (Cf. escent) …   Etymology dictionary

  • opalescent — opalescent, opaline iridescent, *prismatic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • opalescent — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing many small points of shifting colour against a pale or dark ground. DERIVATIVES opalescence noun …   English terms dictionary

  • opalescent — [ō΄pə les′ənt] adj. [ OPAL + ESCENT] showing a play of colors like that of the opal; iridescent opalesce vi. opalesced, opalescing opalescence n …   English World dictionary

  • opalescent — [[t]o͟ʊpəle̱s(ə)nt[/t]] ADJ GRADED Opalescent means colourless or white like an opal, or changing colour like an opal. [LITERARY] Elaine turned her opalescent eyes on him. ...a sky which was still faintly opalescent. Syn: iridescent Derived words …   English dictionary

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