Let There Be Light: Lum and Luc

Here's a bright idea: learn these words that contain the roots lum and luc, which come from the Latin word lux and lumen, meaning "light."
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  1. elucidate
    make clear and comprehensible
    The style of teaching was Socratic in nature; ideas and theories were elucidated through the leaders asking and answering questions.Long Walk to Freedom
  2. illuminate
    make lighter or brighter
    Darkened glass cases are suddenly illuminated from within, revealing their contents.Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
  3. illumination
    the quality of providing light
    When he woke up again, it was dark, the only illumination coming from a single candle.The Dead and the Gone
  4. lucid
    transparently clear; easily understandable
    The e-mail recounting all this was lucid, clearly written, apologetic.The New Yorker (Jun 9, 2017)
  5. luminary
    a celebrity who is an inspiration to others
    Bollywood luminaries carry huge cultural weight in India, where the top stars are revered as demi-gods.Los Angeles Times (Oct 22, 2016)
  6. luminescence
    the emission of light without heat
    That change in luminescence indicates that a planet is passing in front of the star.Time (Apr 14, 2011)
  7. luminescent
    emitting light not caused by heat
    The walls glowed with luminescent mosses—green, red, and purple.The Son of Neptune
  8. luminous
    softly bright or radiant
    A soft evening light shone over them from the stars and the luminous double moons of Mars.The Martian Chronicles
  9. pellucid
    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    I came for the water - the pellucid Mediterranean, alternating between shades of blue and green.New York Times (Jul 12, 2012)
  10. translucent
    allowing light to pass through diffusely
    Carlton was a frail man in his late eighties, with skin so pale it looked almost translucent.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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