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English definition of “diaphanous”


adjective uk   /daɪˈæf.ən.əs/ literary us  
describes a substance, especially cloth, that is so delicate and thin that you can see through it: a diaphanous silk veilTransparentWords used to describe textiles
(Definition of diaphanous from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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