antelucan

Antelucan

An`te*lu"can\, a. [L. antelucanus; ante + lux light.] Held or being before light; -- a word applied to assemblies of Christians, in ancient times of persecution, held before light in the morning. "Antelucan worship." --De Quincey.
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