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lambent

[lam-buh nt] /ˈlæm bənt/
adjective
1.
running or moving lightly over a surface:
lambent tongues of flame.
2.
dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful:
lambent wit.
3.
softly bright or radiant:
a lambent light.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin lambent- (stem of lambēns) lapping, present participle of lambere to lick wash (said of water or fire); akin to lap3; see -ent
Related forms
lambently, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for lam bent

lambent

/ˈlæmbənt/
adjective
1.
(esp of a flame) flickering softly over a surface
2.
glowing with soft radiance
3.
(of wit or humour) light or brilliant
Derived Forms
lambency, noun
lambently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from the present participle of Latin lambere to lick
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Word Origin and History for lam bent

lambent

adj.

1640s, from figurative use of Latin lambentem (nominative lambens), present participle of lambere "to lick," from PIE root *lab-, indicative of smacking lips or licking (cf. Greek laptein "to sip, lick," Old English lapian "to lick, lap up, suck;" see lap (v.1)).

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