adjective Date: 1936 having a pearly luster <
a pearlescent lacquer
pearlescence noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pearlescent — adjective having a lustre resembling that of mother of pearl …   English new terms dictionary

  • pearlescent — pearl·es·cent …   English syllables

  • pearlescent — pearl•es•cent [[t]pərˈlɛs ənt[/t]] adj. cvb having an iridescent luster resembling that of pearl or mother of pearl; nacreous • Etymology: 1945–50; pearl+ escent, on the model of iridescent, opalescent, etc …   From formal English to slang

  • pearlescent — /pɜˈlɛsənt/ (say per lesuhnt) adjective gleaming with a range of soft colours, as a pearl does …   Australian English dictionary

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