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lambent (LAM-buhnt) adjective

1. Flickering lightly over a surface.

2. Softly glowing.

3. Marked by lightness or grace (in an expression)

[From Latin lambent, stem of lambens, present participle of lambere (to lick).]

"What started sometime in 1999 like a lambent flame snowballed into a big political conflagration and consequently entered a new chapter last Thursday with the decision of a faction of the party to decamp to the Alliance for Democracy (AD)." Tokunbo Adedoja; Plateau PDP: The Battle Enters a New Chapter; This Day (Lagos, Nigeria); May 27, 2002.

"With that, he (Richard Hawley) launches into Baby, You're My Light, a grown-up love song of delicate beauty, featuring a lambent melody and a sonorous, deep vocal." Alexis Petridis; Richard Hawley; The Guardian (London, UK); May 21, 2003.

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