nocturnal


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Related to nocturnal: nocturnal emission, nocturnal enuresis

noc·tur·nal

(nok-ter'năl),
Pertaining to the hours of darkness; opposite of diurnal (1).
[L. nocturnus, of the night]

nocturnal

/noc·tur·nal/ (nok-tur´n'l) pertaining to, occurring at, or active at night.

nocturnal

(nŏk-tûr′nəl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or occurring in the night: nocturnal stillness.
2. Zoology Most active at night: nocturnal lizards.

noc·tur′nal·ly adv.

nocturnal

[noktur′nəl]
Etymology: L, nocturnus, by night
1 pertaining to or occurring during the night.
2 describing an individual or animal that is active at night and sleeps during the day.

noc·tur·nal

(nok-tŭr'năl)
Pertaining to the hours of darkness; opposite of diurnal (1).
[L. nocturnus, of the night]

nocturnal

pertaining to the night.

nocturnal

relating to the hours of darkness; opposite of diurnal

nocturnal

active by night.

nocturnal mite
References in classic literature ?
In spite of the danger from dinosaurs (which is not great save at night, for, as I may have said before, they are mostly nocturnal in their habits) I have twice in the last three weeks been over to our old camp in order to see our negro who still kept watch and ward below the cliff.
And these strange nocturnal editions contained also the first brief cables from Europe of the fleet disaster, the North Atlantic fleet for which New York had always felt an especial pride and solicitude.
He saw that the figure leaning over the bed was that of a man, and he guessed at the truth of the nocturnal visitor's identity.
That occurrence soon became generally known--her nocturnal visit, the change she underwent, and her entry into a convent.
Above the nocturnal diapason of the teeming jungle sounded a dismal flapping of wings and over head, through the thick night, a shadowy form passed across the diffused light of the flaring camp-fire.
Then, strengthening himself with the heavenly viaticum,* he prepared for the entrance into another life, and asked how near the time was when the brothers were to be awakened to sing the nocturnal praises of our Lord.
The atmosphere enveloped the disc with a fluid mantle; vapor deposited itself in the shape of clouds; this natural screen tempered the ardor of the solar rays, and retained the nocturnal radiation.
however, is nocturnal, while the others wander by day over the open plains, feeding on beetles, larvae, roots, and even small snakes.
The lights and shades of the nocturnal jungle are as different as one might imagine the lights and shades of another world to differ from those of our world; its beasts, its blooms, and its birds are not those of the jungle of Kudu, the sun.
I'm glad you brought up the subject; I've felt the influence of this nocturnal blight upon our city, but I never thought to analyse it before.
As I expressed some surprise at this piece of nocturnal gymnastics, he begged me to notice carefully the exterior disposition of the chateau.
New stars hast thou made us see, and new nocturnal glories: verily, laughter itself hast thou spread out over us like a many-hued canopy.