What Does Iridescent Mean?


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Aun Jafery answered
Iridescent is an adjective which means producing and displaying a plethora of rainbow like and lustrous colours. It can mean something lustrous, colourful and brilliant in appearance and effect. It refers to variations in colour when observed from different angles and in different lights.

Iridescent can be described as the rainbow colours that are produced as an outcome of the play of light. "The emperors iridescent throne was studded with hundreds of precious and semi precious stones" is an example of iridescent being used in a sentence.

An easy way of observing this phenomenon is passing light through a prism where the refracted light gets broken down into the colours of the rainbow.
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Anonymous answered
It's like the colors on an abalone (sp?) shell. When you turn the shell the color changes from grey to displaying the colors of the rainbow.

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