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 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 The rabbits are crepuscular—most active in early morning and at dusk. National Geographic, "Volcano rabbit," 23 Jan. 2020 Of those species that are not fully nocturnal, a large number are crepuscular, a word that has exactly the right sound to describe the creeping and partially hidden character of activity that takes place at twilight. Christopher Preston, Smithsonian, "How Cities and Lights Drive the Evolution of Life," 26 Nov. 2019 Aster handles the windup shrewdly with a persuasive realism, a deliberate pace and crepuscular lighting. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Midsommar’ Review: Building a Horror Møusetrap With Swedish Bait," 2 July 2019 Many creatures are crepuscular — most active at dusk and dawn — including some species of butterflies, bees, deer, rabbits, even house cats. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "That Word You Heard: Crepuscular," 12 June 2019 There is more twilight than frenzy in these crepuscular chapters. James Quandt, The New York Review of Books, "Ecstatically Florid Farragoes," 17 June 2019 The crepuscular lighting was a prelude to Pugh’s raucous after-party in the same venue later that night. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Gareth Pugh Brings Back Vogueing in Grand Style," 16 Sep. 2018 Image The lighting, uncredited, is crepuscular, outlining the strange forms that slither, shiver and creep in from the wings. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: Mummenschanz Offers Wonder, and a Grumpy Trash Bag," 10 July 2018

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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 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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