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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nocturnal mean? 

NOCTURNAL (adjective)
  The adjective NOCTURNAL has 2 senses:

1. belonging to or active during the night
2. of or relating to or occurring in the night

  Familiarity information: NOCTURNAL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

NOCTURNAL (adjective)

Sense 1nocturnal [BACK TO TOP]


Belonging to or active during the night

Context examples:

nocturnal animals are active at night / nocturnal plants have flowers that open at night and close by day

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)


diurnal (belonging to or active during the day)

Sense 2nocturnal [BACK TO TOP]


Of or relating to or occurring in the night

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

nocturnal darkness


night (the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside)

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