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diaphanous

[dahy-af-uh-nuh s] /daɪˈæf ə nəs/
adjective
1.
very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent.
2.
delicately hazy.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Medieval Latin diaphanus < Greek diaphan(ḗs) transparent (equivalent to diaphan-, stem of diaphaínein to show through (see dia-, -phane) + -ēs adj. suffix) + -ous
Related forms
diaphanously, adverb
diaphanousness, noun
nondiaphanous, adjective
nondiaphanously, adverb
nondiaphanousness, noun
semidiaphanous, adjective
semidiaphanously, adverb
semidiaphanousness, noun
undiaphanous, adjective
undiaphanously, adverb
undiaphanousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for diaphanously

diaphanous

/daɪˈæfənəs/
adjective
1.
(usually of fabrics such as silk) fine and translucent
Derived Forms
diaphanously, adverb
diaphanousness, diaphaneity (ˌdaɪəfəˈniːɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin diaphanus, from Greek diaphanēs transparent, from diaphainein to show through, from dia- + phainein to show
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Word Origin and History for diaphanously

diaphanous

adj.

1610s, from Medieval Latin diaphanus, from Greek diaphanes "transparent," from dia- "through" (see dia-) + phainesthai, middle voice form (subject acting on itself) of phainein "to show" (see phantasm).

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