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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Definitions for luciferous

  1. bringing or providing light.
  2. providing insight or enlightenment.

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Citations for luciferous
An illumination on so vast a scale could be kept up only by the inexhaustible magazine of ether disseminated through space, and ever ready to manifest its luciferous properties on large spheres, whose attraction renders it sufficiently dense for the play of chemical affinity. D. Vaughan, "On the Light of Suns, Meteors, and Temporary Stars," Report on the Twenty-Seventh Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1858
I took a vial, containing some luciferous matter, that was not apt to shine long at a time; and being well stopp'd, I kept it till the flame, or light within it, expired ... Robert Boyle, The Philosophical Works of the Honourable Robert Boyle, Volume 3, 1725
Origin of luciferous
Luciferous comes from Latin lūcifer “morning star,” literally, “light-bringing.” It entered English in the mid-1600s.