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1. Of or like twilight; dim: "the period's crepuscular charm and a waning of the intense francophilia that used to shape the art market" (Wall Street Journal).
a. Active primarily at dawn or dusk or both. Used of animals.
b. Occurring at dawn or dusk or both: crepuscular foraging; a crepuscular stroll through the park.


(krɪˈpʌskjʊlə) or


1. of or like twilight; dim
2. (Zoology) (of certain insects, birds, and other animals) active at twilight or just before dawn
[C17: from Latin crepusculum dusk, from creper dark]


(krɪˈpʌs kyə lər)

1. of or resembling twilight; dim.
2. active in the twilight, as certain insects.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.crepuscular - like twilight; dim; "the evening's crepuscular charm"
dark - devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black; "sitting in a dark corner"; "a dark day"; "dark shadows"; "dark as the inside of a black cat"


[krɪˈpʌskjʊləʳ] ADJ (liter) → crepuscular


[krɪˈpʌskjʊr] adj (literary)crépusculaire


adj (liter)dämmerig; crepuscular animals (Zool) → Dämmerungstiere pl
References in classic literature ?
After many years, on looking back from the middle turn of life's way at the events of the past, which, like a friendly crowd, seem to gaze sadly after us hastening towards the Cimmerian shore, we may see here and there, in the gray throng, some figure glowing with a faint radiance, as though it had caught all the light of our already crepuscular sky.
Then he could, as seemed to him, most intimately wander and wait, linger and listen, feel his fine attention, never in his life before so fine, on the pulse of the great vague place: he preferred the lampless hour and only wished he might have prolonged each day the deep crepuscular spell.
Depending on questions and interests of group members, we may talk about night vision, crepuscular species, C4 plants, dark sky initiatives, prominent stars and planets, and any number of other topics.
2008), and gonadosomatic indices (Taylor and Villoso, 1994) have delineated weakfish as iteroparous nocturnal spawners, generally commencing reproductive behavior around the evening crepuscular period.
Upstairs, crepuscular horizons by Charles-Francois Daubigny offer a framework for thinking about Van Gogh's elongated late landscape paintings, without mitigating their strangeness.
Like many species, the daily movements coincided with crepuscular (dawn and dusk) periods.
Guinea pigs are crepuscular, which means they tend to be most active around dawn and dusk.
Also, the once crepuscular red fox shows a preference for nocturnal hunting with presence occurring between 8 pm and 4 am (p-value = 0.
In Crepuscular Dawn, Virilio suggests that science enhances reason, obsolesces myths, and, pushed to an extreme, reverses into myths, unreason, and magic (Virilio & Lotringer, 2002).