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nyctitropic

[nik-ti-trop-ik, -troh-pik]
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adjective Botany.
  1. tending to assume at or just before nightfall positions unlike those maintained during the day, as the leaves or flowers of certain plants.
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Origin of nyctitropic

First recorded in 1875–80; nycti- + -tropic
Related formsnyc·tit·ro·pism [nik-ti-truh-piz-uh m] /nɪkˈtɪ trəˌpɪz əm/, noun
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Examples from the Web for nyctitropic

Historical Examples

  • The nyctitropic movement of plants affords another example of daily periodicity.

    Life Movements in Plants

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

  • As an example of this, I give a record (Fig. 27) obtained with a specimen in which nyctitropic movement was very pronounced.

    Life Movements in Plants

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

  • The extent of the nyctitropic movement varies in individual cases; in some it is slight, in others very large.

    Life Movements in Plants

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

  • The description of this Nyctitropic Recorder will be given in the next paper.

  • One species of Phyllanthus takes up in sunshine the nyctitropic attitude of another species.