Crepuscular vs Crepuscule - What's the difference?

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Crepuscular is a derived term of crepuscule.

As a adjective crepuscular

is of or resembling twilight; dim.

As a noun crepuscule is




(en adjective)
  • Of or resembling twilight; dim.
  • (zoology) Active at or around dusk, dawn or twilight.
  • * 1999 , J. Anne Helgren, Communicating with Your Cat , page 51, ISBN 0764108557
  • That's why cats are crepuscular — most active at dawn and dusk — because mice and rats forage for food during these hours when fewer of their natural enemies are around.


    * (l)

    Coordinate terms

    * (l) * (l)



    Alternative forms

    * crepuscle


    (en noun)
  • Twilight.
  • * 1969 , Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor , Penguin 2011, p. 54:
  • Van watched them with the same pleasurable awe he had experienced as a child, when, lost in the purple crepuscule of an Italian hotel garden, in an alley of cypresses, he supposed they were golden ghouls or the passing fancies of the garden.

    Derived terms

    * crepuscular

    See also

    * smokefall * crepusculum