An Nocturnal Word

Crepuscular, from the Latin word crepusculun, meaning related to twilight, or as the movies call it, the magic hour.

It’s when dusk descends into dark, as if nature flips a switch…black, murky, shadowy and dim.  Misty, lightless, muted and opaque.

Like in a Maxfield Parrish painting, a shade of blue that can’t be copied or stolen, even by Max who’s pretty good at mixing color.   

A word rarely used in casual conversation.  I only know it from an ex boyfriend who just loved its sound, teaching it to me, as we fooled around in the park, like a couple of lusty squirrels…

the irony being, there’s such a thing as crepuscular animals, meaning nocturnal, like bats, rats, ferrets and skunks.  Bobcats, ocelots, jaguars and deer.  Snakes, lizards, owls and hawks. Even house cats can be called crepuscular.

I guess it’s safe to say, being animals ourselves, we too are crepuscular, active at night…our eyes glowing in the dark.

Could this be why blue is my favorite color?  Azure, aquamarine, navy and royal…indigo, cobalt, cerulean and slate…steel, sapphire, denim and teal…turquoise, Tiffany, Alaskan and ice…powder, peacock, periwinkle and French.

Makes you want to venture out to watch the sunset, as the sky changes her clothes, before going out for the evening.   



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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24 Responses to An Nocturnal Word

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, that’s a new word for me. I don’t think I’ve ever heard or read it before. And I love your artistic references.

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  2. Well, as they say, you learn something new every day. This word is pretty cool. Crepuscular: creeping spectacular is the first thing that came to my mind. Makes perfect sense!
    Love the art reference too!

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  3. The stroke has affected my night vision some, so it is not quite as much fun to be a night person as it used to be. However, I still stay up very late as I enjoy doing things around the house when all else is quiet. Days were just never my thing. Give me the dark!

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  4. Interesting word. I loved your blue words. My favorite color is green. One of these days I hope to make a list of names and hues of greens.

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  5. Good question. I don’t have a good answer.

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  6. Are words wonderful? 🙂


  7. Alva Chinn says:

    Love the info and explanation of who you are! Now if I could just get my cat to be more like the “dawn’s early light” person that I am!!!!

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  8. There’s something sensual about the word ‘crepuscular’. I really hope I’m not the only one who thinks so though haha 😄


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