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lambent

[ lam-buhnt ]
/ ˈlæm bənt /
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adjective

running or moving lightly over a surface: lambent tongues of flame.
dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful: lambent wit.
softly bright or radiant: a lambent light.

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Origin of lambent

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

OTHER WORDS FROM lambent

lam·bent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for lambent

lambent
/ (ˈlæmbənt) /

adjective

(esp of a flame) flickering softly over a surface
glowing with soft radiance
(of wit or humour) light or brilliant

Derived forms of lambent

lambency, nounlambently, adverb

Word Origin for lambent

C17: from the present participle of Latin lambere to lick
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