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EtymologyEdit

From phosphorus + -escent. It's interesting to note that technically phosphorus is not phosphorescent. Phosphorus is luminescent, it gives off light from a chemical reaction, as opposed to re-emission of absorbed energy (phosphorescence). (Reference: John Emsley, The Shocking History of Phosphorus, →ISBN.)

AdjectiveEdit

phosphorescent (comparative more phosphorescent, superlative most phosphorescent)

  1. Having the property of emitting light for a period of time after the source of excitation is taken away, e.g., in electrostatic storage tubes and cathode-ray tubes.
    • 1961, William S. Burroughs, The Soft Machine, page 11
      So he imports this special breed of scorpions and feeds them on metal meal and the scorpions turned a phosphorescent blue color and sort of hummed.

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NounEdit

phosphorescent (plural phosphorescents)

  1. A phosphorescent substance.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From phosphore.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /fɔs.fɔ.ʁe.sɑ̃/

AdjectiveEdit

phosphorescent (feminine singular phosphorescente, masculine plural phosphorescents, feminine plural phosphorescentes)

  1. phosphorescent

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