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(a.) Having a habit of seeking food or moving about at night; as, nocturnal birds and insects.
(a.) Of, pertaining to, done or occuring in, the night; as, nocturnal darkness, cries, expedition, etc.; - opposed to diurnal.
(n.) An instrument formerly used for taking the altitude of the stars, etc., at sea.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Nocturnal'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/n/nocturnal.html. 1828.