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crepuscular

[kri-puhs-kyuh-ler] /krɪˈpʌs kyə lər/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct.
2.
Zoology. appearing or active in the twilight, as certain bats and insects.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; crepuscule + -ar1
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Examples from the web for crepuscular
  • The crepuscular lighting sometimes makes it difficult to read the menu.
  • It has not anything to do with this walk, this is called a crepuscular walk.
  • Shea maneuvered around the crepuscular world of back rooms, board rooms and banquet halls.
  • Look for great horned owls and other crepuscular animals during a walk.
  • crepuscular creatures began to stir with the dying of the light.
  • But the crepuscular theory of history is no less serviceable for being something of a cliché.
  • It is a play of blatant melodrama and crepuscular atmosphere.
  • Some animals are crepuscular mostly because their prey is crepuscular.
  • Other animals are crepuscular, active at dawn and dusk.
  • Learn more about these crepuscular mammals in the wildlife category of our website.
British Dictionary definitions for crepuscular

crepuscular

/krɪˈpʌskjʊlə/
adjective
1.
of or like twilight; dim
2.
(of certain insects, birds, and other animals) active at twilight or just before dawn
Word Origin
C17: from Latin crepusculum dusk, from creper dark
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Contemporary definitions for crepuscular
adjective

pertaining to twilight, esp. in dimness

Word Origin

Latin crepusculum

adjective

appearing or active at twilight

Word Origin

Latin crepusculum

Usage Note

zoology

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Word Origin and History for crepuscular
adj.

figurative use from 1660s; literal use from 1755, from Latin crepusculum "twilight, dusk," from creper "dusky," of unknown origin. Especially of evening twilight.

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