I have seen this used quite a few times in novels. Two examples are:

Molasses buckets appeared from nowhere, and the CEILING DANCED WITH METALLIC LIGHT.

-To Kill a Mockingbird

Aureliano...sitting against the metallic and quivering light from the window...

-One Hundred Years of Solitude

I am thinking that it means the light glows as if reflected against a metallic surface. Is this it? Are there any underlying meanings?

  • The second example is from Cien años de soledad, so may be a literal translation of a Spanish idiom... luz metálica y temblorosa
    – James K
    Commented Jul 25, 2021 at 21:31
  • I think a question on this line might be better asked on Literature The meaning of "metallic" is found in a dictionary. The interpretation in a literary context is not on topic
    – James K
    Commented Jul 25, 2021 at 21:37

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If you look in a dictionary you will find that metallic means having the characteristics of metal. It would usually be applied to the light reflected from a surface. There is no particular hidden meaning here.

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