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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Definitions for matutinal

  1. pertaining to or occurring in the morning; early in the day.
  2. Relating to or occurring in the morning; early.

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Citations for matutinal
Many of them sleep on, of course, careless of our cousin Aurora's charming matutinal trick, but there are always the insomniacs, the restless ill, the lovelorn tossing on their solitary beds, or just the early-risers, the busy ones, with their knee-bends and their cold showers and their fussy little cups of black ambrosia. John Banville, The Infinities, 2010
Get up early and wash your face in the matutinal May Day dew; it will make your skin beautiful and your heart pure. Ray Murphy, Boston Globe
Origin of matutinal
Matutinal ultimately can be traced to Mātūta, "goddess of dawn." The adjective entered English in the mid-1600s.