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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 of predawn
1945-1950
1945-50; pre- + dawn
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  • Knowing that nothing was in sight but waiting was a letdown after the activity of the predawn hours.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine

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