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opalesce

o·pal·esce
O o

Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-puh-les]
    • /ˌoʊ pəˈlɛs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-puh-les]
    • /ˌoʊ pəˈlɛs/

Definitions of opalesce word

  • verb without object opalesce to exhibit a play of colors like that of the opal. 1
  • noun opalesce To be opalescent; to give forth a play of colours, like the opal. 1
  • verb opalesce to exhibit a milky iridescence 0

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Origin of opalesce

First appearance:

before 1810
One of the 40% newest English words
First recorded in 1810-20; back formation from opalescent

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Parts of speech for Opalesce

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

opalesce popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 54% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 52% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

opalesce usage trend in Literature

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