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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Definitions for coruscate

  1. To give off or reflect bright beams or flashes of light; to sparkle.
  2. To exhibit brilliant, sparkling technique or style.

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Citations for coruscate
They pulled up at the farthest end of a loop path that looked out over the great basin of the Rio Grande under brilliant, coruscating stars. Bill Roorbach, The Atlantic
Beneath you lie two miles of ocean -- a bottomlessness, for all practical purposes, an infinity of blue. . . . A thousand coruscating shafts of sunlight probe it, illuminating nothing. Kenneth Brower, The Atlantic
Origin of coruscate
Coruscate comes from Latin coruscatus, past participle of coruscare, "to move quickly, to tremble, to flutter, to twinkle or flash." The noun form is coruscation. Also from coruscare is the adjective coruscant, "glittering in flashes; flashing."