Limn meaning

lĭm
To describe or depict by painting or drawing.
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To describe or portray in words.
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To suffuse or highlight with light or color; illuminate.
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To paint or draw.
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To portray in words; describe.
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To outline or highlight.
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(obs.) To illuminate (manuscripts)
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Alternative form of limno-.
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Origin of limn

  • Middle English limnen to illuminate (a manuscript) probably alteration (influenced by limnour illustrator) of luminen from Old French luminer from Latin lūmināre to illuminate, adorn from lūmen lūmin- light leuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English luminem, limnen (“to illuminate (a manuscript)"), from Middle French enluminer, from Latin illÅ«minō (“I illuminate") (English illuminate), in + lÅ«minō (“light up"), from lÅ«men (“light"), from Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (English leam (“glow")).

    From Wiktionary