first light

noun Southern U.S.

1945–50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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first light
the time when light first appears in the morning; dawn

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Example sentences
There were many late risers this morning because dances the previous night had
  ended only at first light.
Nor yet did he make the first light bulb, nor the first generator.
He sets off happily at first light and returns only at dusk.
Other aircraft took over the search at first light, scanning the site for hints
  of movement.
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