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.]
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