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[Oct. 18th, 2007|12:39 am]
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noc·ti·lu·cent [nŏk'tə-lōō'sənt]
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.
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[User Picture]From: caravan_voyager
2007-10-18 07:34 pm (UTC)
nice choice. i kinda forgot about this community. i'm going to have to take more notice of words now.
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[User Picture]From: chronographia
2007-10-19 05:23 am (UTC)
Thanks. (Hey, at least with the lull, you're not getting community post notifications that are difficult to explain at work, right?)
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[User Picture]From: spiralsheep
2007-10-18 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I've used that word enough to forget how magical it is but now you've reminded me.
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[User Picture]From: chronographia
2007-10-19 05:23 am (UTC)
It sets my little sky-watching heart a-flutter.
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[User Picture]From: neverreal
2007-10-19 10:12 am (UTC)
That really is an amazing word.
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