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lustre +‎ -ous


lustrous (comparative more lustrous, superlative most lustrous)

  1. Having a glow or lustre.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act IV, Scene 2, [1]
      Why it hath bay windows transparent as barricadoes, and the clearstores toward the south north are as lustrous as ebony; and yet complainest thou of obstruction?
    • 1892, Walt Whitman, "Gods" in Leaves of Grass (abridged reprint of the 1892 edition), New York: The Modern Library, 1921, p. 232, [2]
      Or Time and Space,
      Or shape of Earth divine and wondrous,
      Or some fair shape I viewing, worship,
      Or lustrous orb of sun or star by night,
      Be ye my Gods.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 1,[3]
      It was a hot noon in July; and his face, lustrous with perspiration, beamed with barbaric good humor.
    • 1936, Wallace Stevens, "Meditation Celestial & Terrestrial" in The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971, p. 123,
      The wild warblers are warbling in the jungle
      Of life and spring and of the lustrous inundations,
      Flood on flood, of our returning sun.
    • 2000, Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass, Random House Children's Books, 2001, Chapter 1,[4]
      The sunlight lay heavy and rich on his lustrous golden fur, and his monkey hands turned a pine cone this way and that, snapping off the scales with sharp fingers and scratching out the sweet nuts.
  2. As if shining with a brilliant light; radiant.