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a. Flickering lightly: lambent firelight.
b. Having a gentle glow; luminous: "A lambent moon cast shadows on crumbling walls" (Stephen Benz). See Synonyms at bright.
2. Light or brilliant: lambent wit.

[Latin lambēns, lambent-, present participle of lambere, to lick.]

lam′ben·cy n.
lam′bent·ly adv.
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(ˈlæm bən si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the quality of being lambent.
2. something that is lambent.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lambency - an appearance of reflected lightlambency - an appearance of reflected light  
radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine, effulgence, radiance - the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
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References in classic literature ?
The allusion to my arbor was irreverent; it confirmed the impression I had already received that there was a flicker of impertinence in Miss Bordereau's talk, a strange mocking lambency which must have been a part of her adventurous youth and which had outlived passions and faculties.
What's shocking: the event itself, the bemused tone of the recollection, and the untroubled happy feelings he expresses, not just about the dutifully done dirty deed but also about studying the unexpected lambency of his wife's hair in the headlights the whole patiently masturbating time.
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In her three-dimensional work, she is somehow a painter despite all physical insistences to the contrary, and yet she is surely a sculptor despite her objects' blurry lambency. Few artists have crossed this boundary to such beguiling and incisive effect.
the small fires and the dancing, and looking up into the lambency of the
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It is this self-examination that lends a particular lambency to all of Baudrillard's lectures, podcasts, interviews, and books, yet it is also the ultimate impediment to rescuing their profundity from a fate of cosmic singularity.