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Saturday, July 03, 2010

vespertine

\VES-per-tin\ , adjective;
1.
Of, pertaining to, or occurring in the evening.
2.
Botany. Opening or expanding in the evening, as certain flowers.
3.
Zoology. Becoming active in the evening, as bats and owls.
Quotes:
To my own ear, I sound hyperpoetic, and I don't mean to exaggerate these vespertine moods; I think that this restlessness that I am describing was really quite ordinary.
-- Peter Gadol, The Long Rain
So on we journey'd, through the evening sky / Gazing intent, far onward as our eyes, / With level view, could stretch against the bright / Vespertine ray: and lo ! by slow degrees / Gathering, a fog made towards us, dark as night.
-- Dante Alighieri, The vision, or, Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise
Origin:
Vespertine derives from Latin vespertīnus, "evening."
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