One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Resembling or relating to twilight.
indistinct, faint, vague, ill-defined, unclear, blurred, blurry, misty, hazy, foggy, veiled, cloudy, clouded, nebulous, fuzzyView synonyms
- ‘Darkness breeds silence, and this show basks in crepuscular gloom.’
- ‘The last three miles go fast, and the canyon opens up to a crepuscular dome of sky.’
- ‘It felt good to stretch my legs walking up the hill and the flowers were glorious in the crepuscular light.’
- ‘It's a well-worn dichotomy, but the song's gently strummed guitar and the high, wending melody that draws nearer, moving like mysterious lights in the crepuscular sky, invest it with new promise.’
- ‘Back in the crepuscular gloom of my Tyneside flat, the result seemed satisfactory.’
- ‘Deskbound in the yellow room during the crepuscular hour, I'm typing scientific syntax, window flung open.’
- 1.1Zoology (of an animal) appearing or active in twilight.
- ‘Thus it may normally be crepuscular or nocturnal in its feeding and swimming behavior.’
- ‘Most communication systems in luminescent fireflies have been studied in nocturnal species; little is known concerning communication in crepuscular and diurnal species.’
- ‘Broadbills tend to show crepuscular activity patterns.’
- ‘Red foxes are terrestrial and either nocturnal or crepuscular.’
- ‘Most species of falconids are diurnal, though some are crepuscular.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin crepusculum ‘twilight’ + -ar.
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