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aurora

Noun

1 the first light of day; "we got up before dawn"; "they talked until morning" [syn: dawn, dawning, morning, first light, daybreak, break of day, break of the day, dayspring, sunrise, sunup, cockcrow] [ant: sunset]
2 an atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands of light caused by charged solar particles following the earth's magnetic lines of force
3 (Roman mythology) goddess of the dawn; counterpart of Greek Eos [also: aurorae (pl)]

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English

Noun

  1. An atmospheric phenomenon created by charged particles from the sun striking the upper atmosphere, creating coloured lights in the sky. It is usually named australis or borealis based on whether it is in the southern or northern hemispheres respectively.

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  • Albanian: aurorë
  • Finnish: revontulet
  • Spanish: aurora

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Etymology

From , which was also personified as a goddess of dawn in PIE religion, corresponding to Roman goddess Aurora. Cognates include Ancient Greek sc=polytonic/sc=polytonic, Sanskrit sc=Deva and possibly Old English Eostre.

Noun

  1. dawn, sunrise

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Romanian

Noun

  1. the dawn

Spanish

Noun

  1. aurora

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Aurore

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alpenglow, arch aurora, aurora australis, aurora borealis, aurora glory, aurora polaris, break of day, brightening, chanticleer, cockcrow, cocklight, crack of dawn, crepuscule, dawn, dawning, dawnlight, day-peep, daybreak, daylight, dayspring, first brightening, first light, foredawn, glow, half-light, light, merry dancers, morn, morning, morning twilight, northern lights, peep of day, polar lights, polar ray, prime, southern lights, sunrise, sunup, the small hours, twilight, vestibule of Day
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