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 for Nocturnal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nocturnal \Noc*tur"nal\, a. [L. nocturnalis, nocturnus, fr. nox,
     noctis, night. See Night, and cf. Nocturn.]
     1. Of, pertaining to, done or occuring in, the night; as,
        nocturnal darkness, cries, expedition, etc.; -- opposed to
        diurnal. --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Having a habit of seeking food or moving about at night;
        as, nocturnal birds and insects; raccoons are nocturnal.;
        -- of animals.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nocturnal \Noc*tur"nal\, n.
     An instrument formerly used for taking the altitude of the
     stars, etc., at sea. --I. Watts.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  nocturnal
      adj 1: 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" [ant:
             diurnal]
      2: of or relating to or occurring in the night; "nocturnal
         darkness"

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