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translucent

[ trans-loo-suhnt, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈlu sənt, trænz- /
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adjective

permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that persons, objects, etc., on the opposite side are not clearly visible: Frosted window glass is translucent but not transparent.
easily understandable; lucid: a translucent explication.
clear; transparent: translucent seawater.

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Origin of translucent

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin trānslūcent- (stem of trānslūcēns ), present participle of trānslūcēre “to shine through”; see trans-, lucent
1. See transparent.
translucent , transparent (see synonym study at transparent)
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British Dictionary definitions for translucent

translucent
/ (trænzˈluːsənt) /

adjective

allowing light to pass through partially or diffusely; semitransparent
translucence or translucency, nountranslucently, adverb
C16: from Latin translūcēre to shine through, from trans- + lūcēre to shine
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Scientific definitions for translucent

translucent
[ trăns-lōōsənt ]

Allowing radiation (most commonly light) to pass through, but causing diffusion. Frosted glass, for example, is translucent to visible light. Compare transparent.
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