One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of light or fire) glowing, gleaming, or flickering with a soft radiance.‘the magical, lambent light of the north’‘his eyes were huge and lambent in his starved face’
shining, light, brilliant, vivid, blazing, dazzling, beaming, intense, glaringView synonyms
- ‘Monica Swinton, 29, of graceful shape and lambent eye, went and sat in her living room, arranging her limbs with taste.’
- ‘But, being unaccustomed to existence as a dragon, by the time the lambent flame burst from his cavernous mouth, Natieasdo had disappeared, taking Lationae with him.’
- ‘The dust settled, the noise subsided and a glow of lambent light emanated from the chamber that now lay revealed.’
- ‘This portrait communicates the artist's pleasure in the act of painting, which is revealed in a lambent play of light on the figure.’
- ‘Her fists clench, and he could have sworn that her eyes were blazing with fire, the lambent glow bathing him in an evil red light.’
- ‘In the wider connotations of the title it seems to me that the lambent flames can refer to non-technical themes.’
- ‘The lifts had closed, the punters had gone, the domain was ours and a lambent, purplish light settled on the silent mountain.’
- ‘Here, warm, lambent sunlight bathes a country road framed by towering trees.’
- ‘What was remarkable about the spruce was its color: a lambent yellow, caused by a rare genetic mutation that affected its ability to make chlorophyll.’
- ‘Outside it's the close of a lambent spring afternoon, a clarity of light still falling on the residential street.’
- ‘My eyes having adjusted to the gloom, I noticed a lambent, reddish glow emanating from one direction.’
- ‘Her eyes were the only note of color in her body, brilliant and arterial red; the rising crescent moon of Ishtar sat lambent on her brow.’
- ‘The final touches of the Lightbringer were caressing the slopes and cliff faces, bathing grey stone and ice in lambent gold.’
- ‘As I drove into work this sunny, lambent morning, it was with decidedly mixed feelings.’
- ‘Jaben hurled the annulus into the lava, where it disappeared in a burst of lambent flame.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin lambent- ‘licking’, from the verb lambere.
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