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predawn

[pree-dawn, pree-] /priˈdɔn, ˈpri-/
noun
1.
the period immediately preceding dawn.
adjective
2.
noting the time immediately prior to dawn.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; pre- + dawn
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adj.

1940, from pre- + dawn (n.).

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