Sunday, September 07, 2014

Word of the Day: Do you know what "luciferous" means?

What's "the word I'm thinking of"? Today, it's...

luciferous [loo-SIF-er-us] adjective (TWITO, page 85)

1. Bringing or providing light
2. Providing insight or enlightenment

"I therefore take the liberty to say, that I do not regard meteoric light as due to the presence of a luciferous atmosphere belonging to the meteorite itself...."
--Daniel Vaughan, "A Catalogue of Observations of Luminous Meteors" (1858)

And yes, the name Lucifer ("light bringer") is related.

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