Saturday, May 11, 2013

Crepuscular



 A television program featuring the white-tailed deer referred to them as crepuscular. The word is applied to animals that are active at twilight. It comes from the Latin crepusculum, dusk or twilight.

Related words include crepuscle (twilight), crepuscule (twilight), crepusculine (dusky, pertaining to twilight), crepusculous (indistinct, dim, dusky), and crepusculum (twilight, dusk).

Other time-of-day words were discussed in an earlier blog

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