vespertinal


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ves·per·tine

 (vĕs′pər-tīn′) also ves·per·ti·nal (vĕs′pər-tī′nəl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or occurring in the evening.
2. Botany Opening or blooming in the evening.
3. Zoology Active in the evening.

[Latin vespertīnus, from vesper, evening; see vesper.]
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He grows vespertinal in his habits as the evening of life approaches, till at last he comes forth only just before sundown, and gets all the walk that he requires in half an hour.
He grows vespertinal in his habits as the evening of life approaches, till at last he comes forth only just before sundown, and gets all the walk that he requires in half an hour.
This is the mood of pastoral elegy, famously defined by Erwin Panofsky as "that vespertinal mixture of sadness and tranquillity which is perhaps Virgil's most personal contribution to poetry" (1955, 300).