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iridescence

(ĭr'ədĕs`əns), exhibition of rainbowlike colors on a surface. It usually results from interferenceinterference,
in physics, the effect produced by the combination or superposition of two systems of waves, in which these waves reinforce, neutralize, or in other ways interfere with each other.
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 when light composed of different wavelengths is reflected from the superficial layers of organic or inorganic substances, e.g., minerals, mother-of-pearl, and the feathers of birds. Iridescence greatly enhances the value of certain gems.
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iridescence

[‚ir·ə′des·əns]
(optics)
A rainbow color effect exhibited in various bodies as a result of interference in a thin film (as of soap bubbles or mother of pearl) or of diffraction of light reflected from a ribbed surface (as of the plumage of some birds).
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iridescence

The appearance of the rainbowlike colors that are occasionally observed in high clouds. Also known as irisation.
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To produce conspicuous visual signals, animals can use pairs of highly saturated iridescent colours that peak at different wavelengths to generate high chromatic contrast; such pairings of bright iridescent colors are common in humming birds, peacocks, beetles and butterflies.
Looking at the images, see if you can detect which were shot on the "auto" or normal WB setting, and which were photographed with cloudy or shadow settings versus tungsten or iridescent settings.
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Iridescent sequins and hexagons offer a light shimmer against a white slip dress, while chiffon flowers delicately sit across a black corset jumpsuit epitomising flirtatious femininity.
As we psychologically absorb the pallette of the spaces in which we exist, so Winarsky has collected the sticky, iridescent, scintillating sweat that drips under the heat waves of the wetlands and projected it onto his vessels.
Pink Iridescent Nail Polish - If you like pink, take it a notch up and choose iridescent shades like the ones below.
Iridescent dress, right, PS55 from La Redoute | Autograph top PS39.50 and skirt PS199, bag PS25, belt PS9.50, shoes PS55 and necklace PS15 all from Marks and Spencer | J Brand mid rise jeans in coated metallic, left, PS260 from asos.com | Gold box clutch, above, PS22.50, A Wear (Awear.com) | Rose gold watch, right, PS99.99, from Storm Watches (www.stormwatches.com) | Silver gladiators, above, PS60, Topshop | Multi metallic point heels, above, PS45, Asos.com | Metallic leather skirt, left PS149, www.marksandspencer.com | Silver snakeskin trousers, above, PS16, George at Asda | Senna spot top, PS40, and spot shorts, PS25, both from River Island | Levens grey metallic dress, left, PS179 from Hobbs
Tornado - vibrant deep purple shimmer, Aura - two shades in one: iridescent white with blue shift/ iridescent white with red shift, Magic - pinkish purple with a golden shimmer, Illusion - pale peach satin, Oz - two shades in one: gold with gold glitter/silver with silver glitter and South - a warm pale gray shimmer with silver micro-glitter.
brief life Or the serenade of iridescent blue patches on its fluttering
London, July 25 ( ANI ): Scientists have mimicked the way mother of pearl is created in nature to synthesise the strong, iridescent coating found on the inside of some molluscs.
MALIN produced lustre and iridescent ware, in and around the Sunderland area, value at auction for this plate in the region of pounds 80/pounds 120.