vespertine

[ ves-per-tin, -tahyn ]
/ ˈvɛs pər tɪn, -ˌtaɪn /
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adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. vesperal,
  2. vespers,
  3. vespers, sicilian,
  4. vespertide,
  5. vespertilionine,
  6. vespiary,
  7. vespid,
  8. vespine,
  9. vespucci,
  10. vespucci, amerigo

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 vespertine

  • Odors from strong bacon and boiling coffee contended against the cut-plug fumes from the vespertine pipe.

  • The vespertine hour was nigh, and over this iron landscape there floated the moon, an opal button in the sky.

    Visionaries|James Huneker
  • Up Broadway Chandler moved with the vespertine dress parade.



British Dictionary definitions for vespertine

vespertine

/ (ˈvɛspəˌtaɪn) /

adjective

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 vespertine

vespertine

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper