||[Oct. 18th, 2007|12:39 am]
Say It To Me
Function : adj.
Etymology : c. 1885–90; nocti- + lucent
: Luminous at night. The term is used especially to describe certain high atmospheric cloud formations visible during summer nights at high latitudes.
- The American Heritage Science Dictionary
Luminous at night. Oh. Oh. How gorgeous of a word is this? The clipped down-up-down inflection of syllables smoothed out by that last 'cent,' the mouth too enamored of the word to let go of the en. And then it's gone as you crane your neck up to the night sky.