diaphanous

[ dahy-af-uh-nuhs ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Early 17th century; Greek

from medieval Latin diaphanus, from Greek diaphanēs, from dia ‘through’ + phainein ‘to show’

Synonyms

  • clear
  • sheer
  • translucent
  • transparent

Antonyms

  • opaque
  • thick

Definition

very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent

Example

The jellyfish had a diaphanous exterior.

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