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Word: nocturnal

Definition: done or active at night; Ex. nocturnal animals/raids; CF. nocturne


Sentences Containing 'nocturnal'

responded Peppino; and, advancing alone towards the sentry, he said a few words to him in a low tone; and then he, like the first, saluted the nocturnal visitors, making a sign that they might proceed.
Such was the conversation in almost all the carriages; these two sudden deaths, so quickly following each other, astonished every one, but no one suspected the terrible secret which M.d'Avrigny had communicated, in his nocturnal walk to M. de Villefort.
The nocturnal visitor, ignorant of the fact that the count had removed the staples, might now think himself at home, and pursue his purpose with full security.
Her reason told her that all the visions she beheld were but the children of her imagination, and the conviction was strengthened by the fact that in the morning no traces remained of the nocturnal phantoms, who disappeared with the coming of daylight.
``Oh, yes,''she exclaimed,``I recognize the flavor of my nocturnal beverage which refreshed me so much, and seemed to ease my aching brain.
It was the same through which, twenty four years ago, he had been conducted by a silent and nocturnal guard; the houses, to day so smiling and animated, were on that night dark, mute, and closed.
On the other hand, cats, from their nocturnal rambling habits, can not be easily matched, and, although so much valued by women and children, we rarely see a distinct breed long kept up; such breeds as we do sometimes see are almost always imported from some other country.
What was this nocturnal expedition, and why should I go armed?
"What becomes, then, of these nocturnal whistles, and what of the very peculiar words of the dying woman?"
But, gradually, the truth dawned on me: that Man had not remained one species, but had differentiated into two distinct animals: that my graceful children of the Upper-world were not the sole descendants of our generation, but that this bleached, obscene, nocturnal Thing, which had flashed before me, was also heir to all the ages.
Then, those large eyes, with that capacity for reflecting light, are common features of nocturnal things--witness the owl and the cat.

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