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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phosphorescent (plural phosphorescents)

  1. A phosphorescent substance.

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