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