noctilucent

[nok-tuh-loo-suhnt]
adjective Meteorology.
(of high-altitude clouds) visible during the short night of the summer.

Origin:
1885–90; nocti- + lucent

noctilucence, noun
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noctilucent (ˌnɒktɪˈluːsənt)
 
adj
shining at night, usu. of very thin high altitude clouds observable in the summer twilight sky
 
nocti'lucence
 
n

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noctilucent   (nŏk'tə-l'sənt)  Pronunciation Key 
Luminous at night. The term is used especially to describe certain high atmospheric cloud formations visible during summer nights at high latitudes.
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Example sentences
They are among the first such noctilucent clouds pictured this year.
After asking several astronomers, they are possible noctilucent clouds, airglow
  or faint aurora.
They are called noctilucent clouds, or night-shining clouds.
For years, scientists have puzzled over the observed increase in these
  noctilucent clouds.
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