[pree-dawn, pree-]
the period immediately preceding dawn.
noting the time immediately prior to dawn.

1945–50; pre- + dawn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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In the faint predawn light, fallen leaves crunched underfoot.
Several hours later, jet lag proved no match for religious authority as a
  muezzin's predawn chant led the call to prayer.
Because it was so early, light coming out of the cave was an incredibly rich,
  predawn blue.
The only sound is the drip of predawn rain from nearby branches and from the
  farmhouse's roof of thick thatch.
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