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scotophil

[ skoh-tuh-fil ]
/ ˈskoʊ tə fɪl /
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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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Also sco·to·phil·ic [skoh-tuh-fil-ik] /ˌskoʊ təˈfɪl ɪk/ .

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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