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pellucid adj
1 transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity; "the cold crystalline water of melted snow"; "crystal clear skies"; "could see the sand on the bottom of the limpid pool"; "lucid air"; "a pellucid brook"; "transparent cristal" [syn: crystalline, crystal clear, limpid, lucid, transparent]
2 (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable; "writes in a limpid style"; "lucid directions"; "a luculent oration"- Robert Burton; "pellucid prose"; "a crystal clear explanation"; "a perspicuous argument" [syn: limpid, lucid, luculent, crystal clear, perspicuous]

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From the Latin pellucidus from per + lucidus “clear, bright” via French pellucide


  • IPA: /pəˈluːsɪd/


  1. allowing for the passage of light; transparent
  2. easily understood; clear


  • 1999 - Judith Butler, 1999 Preface for Gender Trouble
    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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*Spanish: transparente, diáfano, cristalino

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