(Lu"cule) n. [Dim. fr. L. lux, lucis, light.] (Astron.) A spot or fleck on the sun brighter than the
(Lu"cu*lent) a. [L. luculentus, from lux, lucis, light.]
1. Lucid; clear; transparent. Thomson.
2. Clear; evident; luminous. " Most luculent testimonies." Hooker.
3. Bright; shining in beauty. [Obs.]
Most debonair and luculent lady.B. Jonson.
(Lu"cu*lent*ly), adv. In a luculent manner; clearly.
(Lu*cul"lite) n. [From Lucullus, a Roman consul, famous for his great wealth and luxury: cf. F.
lucullite.] (Min.) A variety of black limestone, often polished for ornamental purposes.
(||Lu*cu"ma) n. (Bot.) An American genus of sapotaceous trees bearing sweet and edible
Lucuma mammosum is called natural marmalade in the West Indies; L. Caimito, of Peru, furnishes a
delicious fruit called lucuma and caimito.
(Lud"dite) n. One of a number of riotous persons in England, who for six years (1811-17) tried
to prevent the use of labor-saving machinery by breaking it, burning factories, etc.; so called from Ned
Lud, a half-witted man who some years previously had broken stocking frames. J. & H. Smith. H.
(Lu*dib"ri*ous) a. [L. ludibrium mockery, derision, from ludere to play, sport.] Sportive; ridiculous; wanton.
(Lu"di*bund) a. [L. ludibundus.] Sportive. [Obs.] Lu"di*bund*ness, n. [Obs.] Dr. H.
(Lu"di*crous) a. [L. ludicrus, or ludicer, from ludus play, sport, fr. ludere to play.] Adapted
to excite laughter, without scorn or contempt; sportive. Broome.
A chapter upon German rhetoric would be in the same ludicrous predicament as Van Troil's chapter on
the snakes of Iceland, which delivers its business in one summary sentence, announcing, that snakes in
Iceland there are none.De Quincey.
Syn. Laughable; sportive; burlesque; comic; droll; ridiculous. Ludicrous, Laughable, Ridiculous. We
speak of a thing as ludicrous when it tends to produce laughter; as laughable when the impression is
somewhat stronger; as ridiculous when more or less contempt is mingled with the merriment created.
Lu"di*crous*ly, adv. Lu"di*crous*ness, n.
(Lu`di*fi*ca"tion) n. [L. ludificatio, fr. ludificare to make sport of; ludus sport + -ficare (in
comp.) to make. See - fy.] The act of deriding.
(Lu*dif"i*ca*to*ry) a. [L. ludificatorius.] Making sport; tending to excite derision. [Obs.]
(Lud"lam*ite) n. [Named after Mr. Ludlam, of London.] (Min.) A mineral occurring in small,
green, transparent, monoclinic crystals. It is a hydrous phosphate of iron.