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Examples of lambent in a Sentence
lambent sunlight glinting off the waves
a writer known for her lambent wit
lambent and Flames
Fire is frequently associated with lapping or licking imagery: flames are often described as "tongues" that "lick." Lambent, which first appeared in English in the 17th century, is a part of this tradition, coming from lambens, the present participle of the Latin verb lambere, meaning "to lick." In its earliest uses, lambent meant "playing lightly over a surface," "gliding over," or "flickering." These uses were usually applied to flames or light, and by way of that association, the term eventually came to describe things with a radiant or brilliant glow, as Alexander Pope used it in his 1717 poem "Eloisa to Abelard": "Those smiling eyes, attemp'ring ev'ry ray, Shone sweetly lambent with celestial day."
beaming, bedazzling, bright, brilliant, candescent, clear, dazzling, effulgent, fulgent, glowing, incandescent, lucent, lucid, luminous, lustrous, radiant, refulgent, sheeny, shining, shiny, splendid;
agleam, aglitter, blinding, coruscant, flaring, flashing, flickering, glancing, glaring, gleaming, glimmering, glinting, glistening, glistering, glittering, scintillant, scintillating, shimmering, shimmery, sparkling, sunny, twinkling, winking;
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