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  1. avoiding light
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin lucifugus, from lux (genitive lūcis) light + fugere to flee + -ous
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Historical Examples

  • Lucifugous: fleeing the light: applied to nocturnal forms or those that live in concealment.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

Word Origin and History for lucifugous


"shunning the light," 1650s, from Latin lucifugus, from stem of lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)) + stem of fugax "apt to flee, timid," figuratively "transitory, fleeting," from fugere "to flee" (see fugitive).

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