adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French nocturnel, from Late Latin nocturnalis, from Latin nocturnus of night, nocturnal, from noct-, nox night Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or occurring in the night <
a nocturnal journey
2. active at night <
a nocturnal predator
nocturnally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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