[nok-tuh-loo-suh nt]

Origin of noctilucent

First recorded in 1885–90; nocti- + lucent
Related formsnoc·ti·lu·cence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for noctilucent


  1. shining at night, usu. of very thin high altitude clouds observable in the summer twilight sky
Derived Formsnoctilucence, noun
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noctilucent in Science


  1. Luminous at night. The term is used especially to describe certain high atmospheric cloud formations visible during summer nights at high latitudes.
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