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Monday, August 22, 2016

Definitions for lucubrate

  1. to work, write, or study laboriously, especially at night.
  2. to write learnedly.

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Citations for lucubrate
I wanted a modern outlook on architecture, a Western outlook, and I was willing to work all day and lucubrate till dawn to get it. T. C. Boyle, The Women, 2009
At about 3 a.m. one night when I was in high school, while working on one of the only papers I ever wrote, I was browsing through the dictionary and came across the word "lucubrate," which means "to work, study, or write laboriously, especially late at night." Right then and there I fell in love with the dictionary. Paula Poundstone, "Letters to Paula," Mother Jones, July–August 1997
Origin of lucubrate
Lucubrate stems from the Latin lūcubrāre meaning "to work by artificial light." The Latin root lūcēre means "to shine."