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3 definitions found
 for diaphanous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Diaphanous \Di*aph"a*nous\, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to show or shine
     through; dia` through + ? to show, and in the passive, to
     shine: cf. F. diaphane. See Phantom, and cf. Diaphane,
     Diaphanic.]
     Allowing light to pass through, as porcelain; translucent or
     transparent; pellucid; clear.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Another cloud in the region of them, light enough to be
           fantastic and diaphanous.                --Landor.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  diaphanous
      adj 1: so thin as to transmit light; "a hat with a diaphanous
             veil"; "filmy wings of a moth"; "gauzy clouds of
             dandelion down"; "gossamer cobwebs"; "sheer silk
             stockings"; "transparent chiffon"; "vaporous silks" [syn:
             diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gauze-like, gossamer,
             see-through, sheer, transparent, vaporous,
             vapourous, cobwebby]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  80 Moby Thesaurus words for "diaphanous":
     airy, attenuate, attenuated, boyish, clear, clear as crystal,
     cloudless, crystal, crystal-clear, crystalline, delicate, diaphane,
     diluted, ethereal, filmy, fine, fine-drawn, finespun, flimsy,
     frail, gauzy, girlish, gossamer, gossamery, gracile, insubstantial,
     lacy, light, light-pervious, lightish, lightsome, limpid, lucent,
     lucid, luculent, misty, nonopaque, papery, peekaboo, pellucid,
     rare, rarefied, relucent, revealing, see-through, serene, sheer,
     slender, slenderish, slight, slight-made, slim, slimmish, slinky,
     small, subtle, svelte, sylphlike, tenuous, thin, thin-bodied,
     thin-set, thin-spun, thinnish, threadlike, translucent, translucid,
     transparent, transpicuous, unclouded, unobscured, vague,
     wasp-waisted, watered, watered-down, watery, weak, willowy,
     wiredrawn, wispy
  
  

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