phosphorescent

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Etymology[edit]

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 0-330-39005-8.)

Adjective[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

phosphorescent ‎(plural phosphorescents)

  1. A phosphorescent substance.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fɔs.fɔ.ʁe.sɑ̃/

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. phosphorescent

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