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Friday, March 19, 2010

Definitions for matutinal

  1. Relating to or occurring in the morning; early.
  2. pertaining to or occurring in the morning; early in the day.

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Citations for matutinal
Get up early and wash your face in the matutinal May Day dew; it will make your skin beautiful and your heart pure. Ray Murphy, Boston Globe
Many of them sleep on, of course, careless of our cousin Aurora's charming matutinal trick, but there are always the insomniacs, the restless ill, the lovelorn tossing on their solitary beds, or just the early-risers, the busy ones, with their knee-bends and their cold showers and their fussy little cups of black ambrosia. John Banville, The Infinities, 2010
Origin of matutinal
1650-1660
Matutinal ultimately can be traced to Mātūta, "goddess of dawn." The adjective entered English in the mid-1600s.