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false dawn

noun
1.
zodiacal light occurring before sunrise.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35
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Examples for false dawn
  • Although much has been made of the flourishing of greenery in some areas, this could be a false dawn.
British Dictionary definitions for false dawn

false dawn

noun
1.
zodiacal light appearing just before sunrise
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Contemporary definitions for false dawn
noun

temporary light on the eastern horizon that precedes the rising sun by about an hour; also called zodiacal light

noun

something promising that comes to nothing

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