diaphanousness

diaphanous

[dahy-af-uh-nuhs]
adjective
1.
very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent.
2.
delicately hazy.

Origin:
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

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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diaphanous (daɪˈæfənəs)
 
adj
(usually of fabrics such as silk) fine and translucent
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin diaphanus, from Greek diaphanēs transparent, from diaphainein to show through, from dia- + phainein to show]
 
di'aphanously
 
adv
 
di'aphanousness
 
n
 
diaphaneity
 
n

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diaphanous
1614, from M.L. diaphanus, from Gk. diaphanes, from dia- "through" + phainesthai, middle voice form (subject acting on itself) of phainein "to show" (see phantasm).
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