One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Translucently clear.‘mountains reflected in the pellucid waters’
translucent, transparent, clear, crystal clear, crystalline, bright, glassy, limpid, uncloudedView synonyms
- ‘Diving the pellucid waters of the Caribbean Sea off the coast of central Belize, down past jewel-like transparent plankton, I see the ridge of the Belize Barrier Reef materializing out of the turquoise depths.’
- ‘I hopped on out to the patio to stand in quite pleasantly warm sunshine and peered up at the pellucid blue sky.’
- ‘This morning the rain swept away, the clouds rolled back, and we were blessed with pellucid blue skies and sunshine from dawn till dusk.’
- ‘A completely irrational white translucent roof undulates over the space like a gentle cloud, or the sky seen from under water on a pellucid day.’
- ‘You see it now in those horrid traffic jams; in tar slicks that come and go when you swim in pellucid waters; and in the awful fires that destroyed many trees on the Cote during last summer's heat wave.’
- 1.1 Lucid in style or meaning; easily understood.‘he writes, as always, in pellucid prose’
easily understood, easily grasped, comprehensible, understandable, intelligible, articulate, coherent, lucid, clear, crystal clear, crystallineView synonyms
- ‘Read them years later in wonder at their erudition and pellucid prose.’
- ‘The renowned, the brilliant, the incredibly funny man, published delightful books written in the most pellucid prose.’
- ‘As we have come to expect and learned to treasure, he is not content merely with his sinewy, epigrammatic, pellucid prose, and does not rest only upon his gift of narrative, his unparalleled expository powers, and his eye for the telling detail.’
- ‘I particularly enjoyed the author's pellucid writing style, organization of materials and experience based insights into the world of testing.’
- ‘In each of these enterprises, she brought to bear her characteristic rigor and discernment, as well as the pellucid prose style for which she was justly celebrated.’
- 1.2 (of music or other sound) clear and pure in tone.‘a smooth legato and pellucid singing tone are his calling cards’
clear, vibrantView synonyms
- ‘The orchestra played with precision and color and pellucid tone.’
- ‘There is no cast-iron guarantee that his sound will be one degree more pellucid than anyone else's for the past murky half century, or that the site will be less of a concrete jungle.’
- ‘Few can match that pellucid quality of tone.’
Early 17th century: from Latin pellucidus, from perlucere ‘shine through’.
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