Monday, January 19, 2009


pellucid \pə-ˈlü-səd\ adjective: 1. admitting maximum passage of light without diffusion or distortion {a pellucid stream}, 2. reflecting light evenly from all surfaces, 3. easy to understand

Etymology: Latin pellucidus, from per through + lucidus lucid

After posts on diaphanous and pelage, it’s suitable that pellucid makes an appearance. It’s moderately synonymous to the former and shares a syllable with the latter. Of course the similarity in pronunciation between pellucid and pelage is coincidental, but it makes one think of a hairy coat of light, doesn't it?

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