- of, relating to, or occurring in the evening: vespertine stillness.
- Botany. opening or expanding in the evening, as certain flowers.
- Zoology. appearing or flying in the early evening; crepuscular.
Also ves·per·ti·nal [ves-per-tahyn-l] /ˌvɛs pərˈtaɪn l/.
Origin of vespertine
1495–1505; < Latin vespertīnus, equivalent to vesper vesper + -tīnus adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for vespertinal
From the day when he first became a Wet Bob at Eton he had never wavered in his devotion to matutinal and vespertinal ablutions.
- botany zoology appearing, opening, or active in the eveningvespertine flowers
- occurring in the evening or (esp of stars) appearing or setting in the evening
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Word Origin and History for vespertinal
c.1500, "of the evening," from Latin vespertinus, from vesper (see vesper).
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