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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.
The last service was held on June 20, 1965, when the setting sun cast vesper's velvet veil over the church and drew down a crepuscular curtain on 14 centuries of continuous worship.
Under the CBSO's associate conductor Michael Seal this was a performance which scrupulously maintained the tension between the symphony's brooding crepuscular D minor tonality and the shafts of sunlight breaking through.
We selected three indicators, daily activity level, diurnal index, and crepuscular index, to reflect the activity patterns of giant pandas after released into the wild.
Shaded a crepuscular red, its aromas are startling in their intensity with a nutty edge to its citrus zest nose.
We'll search for these crepuscular animals as they move around during the dusky hours.
Although the cinematography and production design speak volumes about the perfectionist Bilal Lashari and no wonder it took him so much time to give us a sneak peek into the star-studded film, but the trailer only features crepuscular shots that reminds us awfully too much about Games of Thrones, Troy or any Bhansali production.
A dramatic display of crepuscular rays fans across the sky in late-afternoon hours as seen from the 118th floor of Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China.