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She loves to swim in the ocean on nights when phosphorescence shines in her wake.
  a dim glowing light

or more technically:  a fluorescence (dim light)  created by a chemical reaction within a living organism; or a dim light that continues to shine from something after the bombarding radiation (stronger light that fell upon it) has ceased
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  • She loves to swim in the ocean on nights when phosphorescence shines in her wake.
  • The phosphorescence is caused when movement in the water causes plankton to release tiny pulses of light.
  • Their fish tails shimmered in rainbow colors, glowing phosphorescent.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • The sea is full of fire on summer nights all the way down from Novastoshnah to Lukannon, and each seal leaves a wake like burning oil behind him and a flaming flash when he jumps, and the waves break in great phosphorescent streaks and swirls.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book

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  • They came in a pack and he could only see the lines in the water that their fins made and their phosphorescence as they threw themselves on the fish.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • He thought the hole would lead only into some other cave, lit by some ghostly phosphorescence and filled with goodness-knows-what evil creatures of the Underworld.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • The edge of the lagoon became a streak of phosphorescence which advanced minutely, as the great wave of the tide flowed.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The phosphorescence in the walls started to dim, and Alec drew his witchlight from his pocket and raised it overhead.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The moonlight gave the seaweed some of the phosphorescence she’d seen before, adding a rainbow sheen, as if lit from within.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • A lovely phosphorescence enveloped her face as the train plunged toward sunlight, out of the claustrophobic tunnel and into the marshy maritime reaches of south Brooklyn.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • This is how I will see her forever: lying unmoving, like something in a museum, with her head on the antimacassar pinned to the arm of the chesterfield, a bed pillow under her neck, the rubber plant on the landing visible behind her, turning her head to look at us, her scrubbed face, without her glasses, white and strangely luminous in the dim space, like a phosphorescent mushroom.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • As the night wore on (phosphorescent in the streetlamps, violet city midnights that never quite faded to black) I turned from side to side, the low ceiling over the bunk pressing down on me so heavily that sometimes I woke convinced I was lying underneath the bed instead of on top of it.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The glow around Mother is unearthly, phosphorescent.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • When he lowered his hand, the mark was shining as if it had been etched with phosphorescent ink.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Beatty’s pink, phosphorescent cheeks glimmered in the high darkness, and he was smiling furiously.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • The sun had set the evening before in a red mist, in the midst of the phosphorescent scintillations of the ocean.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • In one case, however, it is real sunshine; in the other, it more resembles the phosphorescent glow of decaying wood.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • At multiple depths, as far as I could see, there were evanescent trails of phosphorescent green bubbles, the wake of speeding fish.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The left hand was curled open; the fingernails were filthy; the wristwatch gave off a green phosphorescent shine as it slipped beneath the thick waters.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Shining their phosphorescent eyes and shooting them in the dark.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • All round me were little ripples, combing over with a sharp, bristling sound and slightly phosphorescent.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Outside, mockingbirds were singing blithely, and, once in a while, when the songsters took flight, Mariam could see their wings catching the phosphorescent blue of moonlight beaming through the clouds.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • We all followed his movements with our eyes, for undoubtedly some nervousness was growing on us, and we saw a whole mass of phosphorescence, which twinkled like stars.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Besides this, Javert possessed in his eye the feline phosphorescence of night birds.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In the phosphorescent light, it made for an eerie collage of empty sockets and decaying rib cages flickering around him.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He rolled over on his stomach and looked down at the panes of glass scattered through the darkness below; they caught reflections from somewhere and looked like phosphorescent, self-generated springs of light rising out of the ground.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • That night, when John Brown entered the laboratory, he was pleased to see the writing on the wall, in firm phosphorescent letters: "Because I don’t want to."
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • He flicked them on, saw the reassuringly familiar phosphorescent green image.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Glancing narrowly into the more distant darkness, he caught occasional glimpses of visages that loomed pallid and ghostly, lit with a phosphorescent glow.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • While this pallidness was burning aloft, few words were heard from the enchanted crew; who in one thick cluster stood on the forecastle, all their eyes gleaming in that pale phosphorescence, like a far away constellation of stars.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The sheets of glass in the corner window of her living room made it look like the prow of a ship in motion, and the lights of the city were like phosphorescent sparks on the black waves of steel and stone.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • A spray of salt water broke across the boat, dousing the marines there; the phosphorescence boiled up green and luminous against the darkness.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The stars were white and sharp beyond the flesh of the Martian, and they were sewn into his flesh like scintillas swallowed into the thin, phosphorescent membrane of a gelatinous sea fish.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • The phosphorescence, that bluey greeny.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The paint must be phosphorescent.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The basin was full of an emerald liq-uid emitting that phosphorescent glow.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Lifting their hems off the floor, she and Farica wended their way in single file toward the back of the room, past hourglasses and scales, arcane tomes bound with black iron, dwarven astrolabes, and piles of phosphorescent crystal prisms that produced fitful blue flashes.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • That’s what you used to say about phosphorescence when you were little.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Their faces are phosphorescent, with darker streaks.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • This was no mere phosphorescent phenomenon, that much was unmistakable.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • During this time the captain had thrown off his vest and shirt, and secured his trousers round his waist; his feet were naked, so he had no shoes and stockings to take off; after these preparations he placed his finger on his lips, and lowering himself noiselessly into the sea, swam towards the shore with such precaution that it was impossible to hear the slightest sound; he could only be traced by the phosphorescent line in his wake.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The air around them seemed to warp as they went on, the lights of the houses blazing up around them like torches, the canal shimmering with an evil phosphorescent glow.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • They dined at the new Beach Casino at Monte Carlo . much later they swam in Beaulieu in a roofless cavern of white moonlight formed by a circlet of pale boulders about a cup of phosphorescent water, facing Monaco and the blur of Mentone.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • At night men hang over the rails staring silently at the phosphorescence of the water as their LST slices through the Pacific.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Turning sharply, he walked towards the city’s gold phosphorescence.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Like a black tidal wave upon a bleak shore, a dark tumult infilled with phosphorescent beauties and badly spoiled dreams, Mr. Dark sounded and hissed his feet, his legs, his body, his sharp face forward.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • The lights of New Orleans grew small and dim until there appeared behind us only a pale phosphorescence against the lightening clouds.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Colonel Aureliano Buendia had the impression that the phosphorescence of her bones was showing through her skin and that she moved in an atmosphere of Saint Elmo’s fire, in a stagnant air where one could still note a hidden smell of gunpowder.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Whilst all the landscape was in neutral shade his companion’s face, which was the focus of his eyes, rising above the mist stratum, seemed to have a sort of phosphorescence upon it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • CHAPTER XXXVII THE STORM—THE TWO TOGETHER A light flapped over the scene, as if reflected from phosphorescent wings crossing the sky, and a rumble filled the air.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
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