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Related to nocturnal: nocturnal emission, nocturnal enuresis

noc·tur·nal

 (nŏk-tûr′nəl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or occurring in the night: nocturnal stillness.
2. Botany Opening at night. Used of flowers.
3. Zoology Most active at night: nocturnal lizards.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin nocturnālis, from Latin nocturnus, from nox, noct-, night; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.]

noc·tur′nal·ly adv.

nocturnal

(nɒkˈtɜːnəl)
adj
1. of, used during, occurring in, or relating to the night
2. (Zoology) (of animals) active at night
3. (Botany) (of plants) having flowers that open at night and close by day
[C15: from Late Latin nocturnālis, from Latin nox night]
ˌnocturˈnality n
nocˈturnally adv

noc•tur•nal

(nɒkˈtɜr nl)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to the night.
2. done, occurring, or coming at night.
3. active at night (opposed to diurnal): nocturnal animals.
4. opening by night and closing by day, as certain flowers.
noc`tur•nal′i•ty, n.
noc•tur′nal•ly, adv.

noc·tur·nal

(nŏk-tûr′nəl)
1. Occurring at night.
2. Most active at night. Many animals, such as owls and bats, are nocturnal. Compare diurnal.
3. Having flowers that open during the night and close at daylight. Nocturnal plants are often pollinated by moths.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nocturnal - belonging to or active during the night; "nocturnal animals are active at night"; "nocturnal plants have flowers that open at night and close by day"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
diurnal - of or belonging to or active during the day; "diurnal animals are active during the day"; "diurnal flowers are open during the day and closed at night"; "diurnal and nocturnal offices"
2.nocturnal - of or relating to or occurring in the night; "nocturnal darkness"

nocturnal

adjective nightly, night, of the night, night-time These creatures have a predominantly nocturnal lifestyle.

nocturnal

adjective
Of or occurring during the night:
Translations
لَيْليلَيْلي النَّشاط
noční
éjjeli
nætur-nætur-, nátt-
nakties
nakts-
gece olan/yapılangeceleyin faaliyet gösteren

nocturnal

[nɒkˈtɜːnl] ADJnocturno

nocturnal

[nɒkˈtɜːrnəl] adj
[animal] → nocturne
[habits, activity] → nocturne

nocturnal

adjnächtlich; sound alsoder Nacht; nocturnal animal/birdNachttier nt/-vogel m; nocturnal flowersNachtblüher pl

nocturnal

[nɒkˈtɜːnl] adjnotturno/a

nocturnal

(nokˈtəːnl) adjective
1. active at night. The owl is a nocturnal bird.
2. happening at night. a nocturnal encounter.

noc·tur·nal

a. nocturno-a, nocturnal, de noche;
___ emission, emictionmicciones ___ s, orinarse en la cama; emisión ___ involuntaria de semen.

nocturnal

adj nocturno; — emission emisión nocturna, sueño húmedo (fam)
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