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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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 Imagine Washington of the late 19th century, a time when crepuscular night often turned corpuscular. John Kelly, Washington Post, "There will be blood: Some District neighborhoods once sported memorable names," 19 June 2018 Tour by van into sections of the forest where crepuscular and nocturnal creatures are most active. The Courier-Journal, "75+ fun things, including Halloween creeps, for week of Sept. 21-27," 20 Sep. 2017 Lighting by Michael Boll is penitentiary bright by day and crepuscular at night. Andrea Simakis,, "Ayad Akhtar's hostage drama 'The Invisible Hand' at Cleveland Play House: There will be blood, on all sides (review)," 28 Feb. 2018 The animals are crepuscular, tending to be most active at dawn and dusk as well as after dark. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Bobcats a Wisconsin wildlife success story," 27 Sep. 2017

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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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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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