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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
1615-1625
Lucubrate stems from the Latin lūcubrāre meaning "to work by artificial light." The Latin root lūcēre means "to shine."