Lam-bent

lambent

[lam-buhnt]
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:
1640–50; < Latin lambent- (stem of lambēns) lapping, present participle of lambere to lick wash (said of water or fire); akin to lap3; see -ent

lambently, adverb
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lambent (ˈlæmbənt)
 
adj
1.  (esp of a flame) flickering softly over a surface
2.  glowing with soft radiance
3.  (of wit or humour) light or brilliant
 
[C17: from the present participle of Latin lambere to lick]
 
'lambency
 
n
 
'lambently
 
adv

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lambent
1647, from fig. use of L. lambentem (nom. lambens), prp. of lambere "to lick," from PIE base *lab- (cf. Gk. laptein "to sip, lick," O.E. lapian "to lick, lap up, suck").
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