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[lam-buh nt] /ˈlæm bənt/

running or moving lightly over a surface:
lambent tongues of flame.
dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful:
lambent wit.
softly bright or radiant:
a lambent light.
(esp of a flame) flickering softly over a surface
glowing with soft radiance
(of wit or humour) light or brilliant

1640s, from figurative use of Latin lambentem (nominative lambens), present participle of lambere “to lick,” from PIE root *lab-, indicative of smacking lips or licking (cf. Greek laptein “to sip, lick,” Old English lapian “to lick, lap up, suck;” see lap (v.1)).


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