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  1. allowing the maximum passage of light, as glass; translucent.
  2. clear or limpid: pellucid waters.
  3. clear in meaning, expression, or style: a pellucid way of writing.
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Origin of pellucid

1610–20; < Latin pellūcidus, variant of perlūcidus. See per-, lucid
Related formspel·lu·cid·i·ty [pel-oo-sid-i-tee] /ˌpɛl ʊˈsɪd ɪ ti/, pel·lu·cid·ness, nounpel·lu·cid·ly, adverbsub·pel·lu·cid, adjectivesub·pel·lu·cid·ly, adverbsub·pel·lu·cid·ness, nounsub·pel·lu·cid·i·ty, noun


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1, 2. opaque. 3. obscure.
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Historical Examples

  • Peter was silent for a while, aware of the pellucid meaning of her "it."

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • He believes in making music as pellucid to the hearers as clear water.

  • Pellucid: colored, but transparent: sometimes applied when there is no color.

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

  • Often the air is calm and pellucid, without a single cloud on high.

British Dictionary definitions for pellucid


  1. transparent or translucent
  2. extremely clear in style and meaning; limpid
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Derived Formspellucidly, adverbpellucidity or 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.

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pellucid in Medicine


  1. Admitting the passage of light; transparent or translucent.
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