Definition of scotophil in English:

scotophil

(also skotophil, scotophile, skotophile)

adjective

Biology
  • Designating a phase of a diurnal cycle during which consistent darkness is required for certain developmental processes, such as flowering in plants and diapause in insects; of or relating to such a phase. Contrasted with photophil.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Herbage Abstracts. From scoto- + -phile, after German skotophil. Compare photophil.

Pronunciation

scotophil

/ˈskəʊtə(ʊ)fɪl/