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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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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c.1500, "of the evening," from Latin vespertinus, from vesper (see vesper).
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