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[ves-per-tin, -tahyn]
  1. of, relating to, or occurring in the evening: vespertine stillness.
  2. Botany. opening or expanding in the evening, as certain flowers.
  3. Zoology. appearing or flying in the early evening; crepuscular.
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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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Historical Examples of 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.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 18, 1914


British Dictionary definitions for vespertinal


  1. botany zoology appearing, opening, or active in the eveningvespertine flowers
  2. 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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