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[aw-rawr-uh l, aw-rohr-, uh-rawr-, uh-rohr-]
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  1. of or like the dawn.
  2. pertaining to the aurora borealis or aurora australis.
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Origin of auroral

First recorded in 1545–55; auror(a) + -al1
Related formsau·ro·ral·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for auroral

Historical Examples

  • Nevertheless, Maunder says that this thing had no relation to auroral phenomena.

    The Book of the Damned

    Charles Fort

  • Color said to have been the same as that of the auroral glow in the north.

  • You are all colour of dawn, auroral, colour of tender fires.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • The Burneys, however, can do no more for us than shed that auroral dew.

  • But hark the herald of the sun, the auroral wind, softly trumpeting his approach!


    George MacDonald

Word Origin and History for auroral


1550s, "pertaining to dawn," from aurora + -al (1). Meaning "of the color of dawn" is from 1827; "of the aurora" from 1828.

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