cre·​pus·​cu·​lar | \ kri-ˈpə-skyə-lər How to pronounce crepuscular (audio) \

Definition of crepuscular

1 : of, relating to, or resembling twilight : dim crepuscular light the crepuscular sky
2 : occurring or active during twilight crepuscular insects crepuscular activity crepuscular birds

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Recent Examples on the Web With the crepuscular light dissipating with tropical swiftness, about to add darkness to the dripping damp, Saleska and Silva Campos took stock. Daniel Glick, Scientific American, "Can the Amazon Save the Planet?," 3 Apr. 2017 Its Grand Guignol flourishes were attention-grabbing, yes, but what knocked some of us out was Fincher’s visual style, with its crepuscular lighting, immaculate staging and tableaus. New York Times, "David Fincher, the Unhappiest Auteur," 1 Jan. 2021 Three exquisite crepuscular prints of the Flatiron Building, by Edward Steichen, from 1904, heralded that breakthrough. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Metropolitan Museum at a Hundred and Fifty," 23 Nov. 2020 The shipyard was still for the day, and only the occasional police helicopter overhead broke the lush crepuscular silence. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, "Jonathan Rothberg’s Race to Invent the Ultimate Rapid At-Home COVID-19 Test," 29 Aug. 2020 Even if there are shadows of danger in the slow, crepuscular central section, the atmosphere is one of white nights in Leningrad, of brightness in the dark. New York Times, "Art, Music and More to Experience at Home This Weekend," 7 May 2020 The combination of the color of the coat, the isolation of the girl and the crepuscular woods brings to mind Little Red Riding Hood, an association that settles in your mind like an unformed thought. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘I Was at Home, but …’ Review: In Grief, What Dreams May Come," 12 Feb. 2020 He’s after a crepuscular world where the creepy creatures of the night are just coming out. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Francis Bacon, from Tormented to Mellow, in Houston," 3 Mar. 2020 These stony shelters are called by many different names, like rock shelters, rockhouses, crepuscular caves and bluff shelters. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "9 Natural Shelters that will Save Your Life," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of crepuscular

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crepuscular

borrowed from New Latin crepusculāris, from Latin crepusculum "twilight" + -āris -ar — more at crepuscule

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“Crepuscular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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cre·​pus·​cu·​lar | \ kri-ˈpəs-kyə-lər How to pronounce crepuscular (audio) \

Medical Definition of crepuscular

1 : of, relating to, or resembling twilight crepuscular depths of personality— William James
2 : active in the twilight crepuscular animals

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