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From Latin pellūcidus, from per- (very) + lūcidus (clear, bright) (from whence lucid), from lūceō (shine, be visible). Surface analysis per- +‎ lucid; compare perfervid. Compare clear, crystal clear, both also with literal meaning “transparent” but metaphorical meaning “easily understood”.



pellucid (comparative more pellucid, superlative most pellucid)

  1. Allowing the passage of light; transparent.
    • 1857, R. M. Ballantyne, The Coral Island, ch. 16:
      . . . and the bright seaweeds and the brilliant corals shone in the depths of that pellucid water, as we rowed over it, like rare and precious gems.
    • 1862, Christina Rossetti, "Goblin Market" in Goblin Market, The Prince's Progress, and Other Poems, The World's Classics, Oxford University Press, 1913, 173-179, [1]
      You cannot think what figs / My teeth have met in, / What melons icy-cold / Piled on a dish of gold / Too huge for me to hold, / What peaches with a velvet nap; / Pellucid grapes without one seed: []
    • 1979, Time, 22 October, 1979, [2]
      Opera star Tozzi sings with the richness of burnished bronze and Daniels complements him with her pellucid soprano.
  2. Easily understood; clear.
    • 1994, Fritz Lanham in Houston Chronicle, 13 November, 1994, [3],
      Written in spare, pellucid prose, the book reads like a close-to-the-bone memoir.
    • 1999, Judith Butler, Gender Trouble, Preface:
      If I treat that grammar as pellucid, then I fail to call attention precisely to that sphere of language that establishes and disestablishes intelligibility, and that would be precisely to thwart my own project as I have described it to you here.


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