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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

lucent

\LOO-suhnt\ , adjective;
1.
Shining.
2.
Translucent; clear.
Quotes:
The film of evening light made the red earth lucent, so that its dimensions were deepened, so that a stone, a post, a building had greater depth and more solidity than in the daytime light...
-- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
His lucent top-hat, his dark frock-coat, indeed, every detail, from the pearl pin in the black satin cravat to the lavender spats over the varnished shoes, spoke of the meticulous care in dress for which he was famous.
-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1
Origin:
Lucent comes from the Latin word lucentum meaning “to shine.”
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