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Recent Examples of translucent from the Web
Add the scallops and cook for 5 to 6 minutes total, until grill marks have formed and the scallops are no longer translucent, turning them over once.
In Australia, the osmanthus jelly, which is a dessert, was a shimmering, translucent amber, saturated with the spring-fever flavors of peaches and flowers.
Divya Anantharaman of Brooklyn, a fashion designer and taxidermist (whose red-legged honeycreeper would win a second-place award), stood transfixed before a crate of newborn rabbits, translucent and pink.
Back in 2014, the fashion icon wore a translucent mesh dress, adorned with over 230,000 Swarovski crystals to the CFDA awards.
The darkness is troubled by the report of nocturnal jackhammers, and all-night arc-welders hollow immense spheres of blue light out of the translucent, steamy atmosphere.
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Did You Know?
Look closely and you will see the same three letters in "translucent" and "elucidate," letting the family relationship between the two words shine through. Both terms descend from the Latin word lucēre, meaning "to shine." ("Translucent" is from "lucēre" plus "trans-," which means "through.") When you "elucidate" something, you make it clear by explaining it in a way that can be easily understood - you "shed light on" it. "Lucēre" is also the root of another bright and shining English word, "lucid," which can mean either "bright with light" or "clear and easy to understand."
Synonym Discussion of translucent
TRANSLUCENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of translucent for English Language Learners
: not completely clear or transparent but clear enough to allow light to pass through
TRANSLUCENT Defined for Kids
Definition of translucent for Students
: not transparent but clear enough to allow rays of light to pass through
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