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Friday, August 01, 2014

gloaming

\GLOH-ming\ , noun;
1.
twilight; dusk.
Quotes:
A gloaming brightened by an infant moon/ Fraught with the fairest light of middle June…
-- Charles Tennyson Turner, edited by Samuel Waddington, "A Summer Twilight," English Sonnets by Poets of the Past, 1888
… the last sunlight of the short winter day died out of the sky, leaving everything drear and desolate, the great black pine forests standing out stark and cruel against the steely light of a gloaming which has neither softness nor shadows.
-- C. Phillipps-Wolley, "The Accursed Bell," Longman's Magazine, Volume 16, 1890
Origin:
Gloaming is derivative of the Old English word meaning "twilight," glōm. It came into usage around 1000.
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