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[puh-loo-sid] /pəˈlu sɪd/
allowing the maximum passage of light, as glass; translucent.
clear or limpid:
pellucid waters.
clear in meaning, expression, or style:
a pellucid way of writing.
Origin of pellucid
1610-20; < Latin pellūcidus, variant of perlūcidus. See per-, lucid
Related forms
[pel-oo-sid-i-tee] /ˌpɛl ʊˈsɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
pellucidness, noun
pellucidly, adverb
subpellucid, adjective
subpellucidly, adverb
subpellucidness, noun
subpellucidity, noun
2. transparent.
1, 2. opaque. 3. obscure. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pellucid
Historical Examples
  • In a smooth iron mould a lens of pellucid ice has been formed.

    Six Lectures on Light John Tyndall
  • He believes in making music as pellucid to the hearers as clear water.

  • Soon they were all joyously stamping and dancing in what had so lately been a pellucid pool.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • She dipped the toes of her arched foot into the pellucid stream.

  • Squaw Creek's clear, pellucid, snow-fed stream runs purling, babbling or roaring and foaming by to the right.

    The Lake of the Sky George Wharton James
  • The cells form two rows, nearly opposite, smooth and pellucid.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • Her gardening hat had fallen off, her eyes were bright with tears, and the glow upon her cheeks had faded to a pellucid gleam.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • The dangerous glint in her pellucid hazel eyes was lost on Billy.

    Outside Inn Ethel M. Kelley
  • Lucid and pellucid refer to a shining clearness, as of crystal.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • Rather, I should say, it is the perfection of pellucid serenity.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for pellucid


transparent or translucent
extremely clear in style and meaning; limpid
Derived Forms
pellucidly, adverb
pellucidity, pellucidness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pellūcidus, variant of perlūcidus, from perlūcēre to shine through, from per through + lūcēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for pellucid

"transparent, translucent," 1610s, from Latin pellucidus "transparent," from pellucere "shine through," from per- "through" (see per) + lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Related: Pellucidly; pellucidity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pellucid in Medicine

pellucid pel·lu·cid (pə-lōō'sĭd)
Admitting the passage of light; transparent or translucent.

pel·lu·cid'i·ty or pel·lu'cid·ness n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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