scotophil

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scotophil

(ˈskɒtəˌfɪl)
adj
(Biology) liking or thriving in darkness
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He proposed that a portion of a plant's circadian cycle was light-requiring, or "photophilic," while the other portion was dark-requiring, or "scotophilia" In this model, when a short-day plant in its photophilic phase is exposed to dark, a short-day mechanism is successfully initiated, while a long-day plant in its scotophilic phase exposed to light will have a long-day mechanism successfully induced.
As he evolves from an old regime French aristocrat to a Scotophilic emigre and paterfamilias, he must contend with a conspiracy led by Monsieur Ravillon, an upwardly mobile gamekeeper's son who twice impersonates him, and an insult to his honor that threatens his chivalric identity and sanity.