scotophil

or sco·to·phil·ic

[ skoh-tuh-fil or skoh-tuh-fil-ik ]
/ ˈskoʊ tə fɪl or ˌskoʊ təˈfɪl ɪk /

adjective Biology.

living and flourishing in darkness.
pertaining to the part of the circadian cycle when light does not affect reproduction.

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Origin of scotophil

First recorded in 1945–50; scoto- + -phil

OTHER WORDS FROM scotophil

sco·toph·i·ly [skoh-tof-uh-lee], /skoʊˈtɒf ə li/, noun
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