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auroral

[aw-rawr-uh l, aw-rohr-, uh-rawr-, uh-rohr-] /ɔˈrɔr əl, ɔˈroʊr-, əˈrɔr-, əˈroʊr-/
adjective
1.
of or like the dawn.
2.
pertaining to the aurora borealis or aurora australis.
Origin of auroral
1545-1555
1545-55; auror(a) + -al1
Related forms
aurorally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for auroral
adj.

1550s, "pertaining to dawn," from aurora + -al (1). Meaning "of the color of dawn" is from 1827; "of the aurora" from 1828.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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