noun Roman Catholic Church.
the office of matins, consisting of nine psalms and either three or nine lessons.

before 1150; Middle English nocturne < Medieval Latin nocturna, noun use of feminine of Latin nocturnus by night; replacing Old English noctern < Medieval Latin, as above Unabridged
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nocturn (ˈnɒktɜːn)
RC Church any of the main sections of the office of matins
[C13: from Medieval Latin nocturna, from Latin nocturnus nocturnal, from nox night]

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Word Origin & History

a division of the office of matins, early 13c., from M.L. nocturna, "group of Psalms used in the nocturns," from L. nocturnus (see nocturnal).
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They are primarily nocturn al and use dens year-round, unlike other members of the canid family.
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