noctilucent

[nok-tuh-loo-suh nt]

adjective Meteorology.

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

Nearby words

  1. noct. maneq.,
  2. noctambulism,
  3. noctambulous,
  4. nocti-,
  5. noctiluca,
  6. noctis,
  7. noctograph,
  8. noctuid,
  9. noctule,
  10. nocturia

Origin of noctilucent

First recorded in 1885–90; nocti- + lucent

Related formsnoc·ti·lu·cence, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for noctilucent

noctilucent

adjective

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

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Science definitions for noctilucent

noctilucent

[nŏk′tə-lōōsənt]

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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