[ nok-tuh-loo-suhnt ]

  1. (of high-altitude clouds) visible during the short night of the summer.

Origin of noctilucent

First recorded in 1885–90; nocti- + lucent

Other words from noctilucent

  • noc·ti·lu·cence, noun

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How to use noctilucent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for noctilucent


/ (ˌnɒktɪˈluːsənt) /

  1. shining at night, usu. of very thin high altitude clouds observable in the summer twilight sky

Derived forms of noctilucent

  • noctilucence, noun

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Scientific definitions for noctilucent


[ nŏk′tə-lōōsənt ]

  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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