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The mice are nocturnal, so we never see them, but we see their droppings.
  active during the night; or relating to night
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nocturnal nocturnally
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  • The mice are nocturnal, so we never see them, but we see their droppings.
  • I enjoy the nocturnal sounds of the jungle.
  • Pumblechook (not improved in appearance by his late nocturnal adventure) was waiting for me...
    Dickens, Charles  --  Great Expectations
  • "Raptors are nocturnal," he said.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park

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  • The wheat crop was full of weeds, and it was discovered that on one of his nocturnal visits Snowball had mixed weed seeds with the seed corn.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Did he really have no clue that I knew about his night prowling—about his nocturnal missions?
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • The travelers adopted the practice of arranging the animals in a circle at night, sleeping together in the center as protection against the nocturnal cold.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • we went into the nocturnal room of the Mammal Building.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • a cautious nocturnal creature that runs on electricity.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark

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  • Mom doesn’t exactly know about my nocturnal habits.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • But I thought that, as a friend of the family, it was my duty to supply you and Tesman with a full account of his nocturnal exploits.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • charge is nocturnal.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Late strollers were still out: a policeman, a night watchman, a rocket pilot, several lonely men coming home from some nocturnal rendezvous, four men and women issuing from a bar, laughing.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • Things went on in this fashion for hundreds of years, the towers burning and the pigeons whispering plans for still grander and taller towers to successive generations of nocturnally inspired architects.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Throughout the rest of her life Granny refused to eat fish of any kind, and always carried a high-powered flashlight with her during her nocturnal peregrinations.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Every weekend that Treena came home, the Clark family began a lengthy nocturnal game of musical beds.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • …she said that those first mornings at Yetta’s rooming house, waking in a strange bed surrounded by strange pink walls as she drowsily listened to the faint far-off rumble of traffic on Church Avenue, she would for long seconds be so unable to name or recognize either herself or her surroundings that she felt herself to be in a somnolent trance, like the enchanted maiden in one of those Grimm fairy tales of her childhood, transported after a nocturnal spell to a new and unknown kingdom.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • These pictures—the iron lung a cylinder, a gigantic sausage roll of metal, with a head sticking out one end of it, always a girl’s head, the hair flowing across the pillow, the eyes large, nocturnal—fascinated me, more than stories about children who went out on thin ice and fell through and were drowned, or children who played on the railroad tracks and had their arms and legs cut off by trains.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Underslept and with a foot still in the nocturnal world of the Danish embassy, he knew he would be brittle this day.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Happily, Boris never seemed annoyed or even very startled when I woke him, as if he came from a world where there was nothing so unusual in a nocturnal howl of pain.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Me with my Nocturnal Seasonings, Cindy with a stiff glass of Wild Turkey, Martha comfortable at our feet.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • When Princess Mary returned to her room after her nocturnal talk with Pierre, Natasha met her on the threshold.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I am beginning to feel this nocturnal existence tell on me.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • What was this nocturnal expedition, and why should I go armed?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Richard Parker’s nocturnal practice of sleeping in the lifeboat was never a law in my mind.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • That night he went out as usual for his nocturnal walk, in the course of which he was in the habit of smoking a cigar.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The Daughters’ Staircase was in the ground-floor bedroom of their parents, so Simon always knew the hours of his daughters’ nocturnal comings and goings.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Then I heard Toby waking up, because he is nocturnal, and I heard him rustling in his cage.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Preparations for another nocturnal visit, Martin?
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Despite the precision of his inflection, Rocher’s eyes were cloudy like those of some nocturnal mammal.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • ’As by one consent, every beast of the forest seemed to arise from its den, and utter its wild nocturnal cry.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • A nocturnal newspaper reporter, mistaking my brother for the traffic manager, to whom he bears a slight resemblance, waylaid and tried to interview him.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Ali was his principal attendant during this nocturnal survey.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Upon gaining this advantage d’Artagnan was near uttering a cry of surprise; it was not Aramis who was conversing with the nocturnal visitor, it was a woman!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Langdon was having trouble concentrating as a scattering of the park’s nocturnal residents were already emerging from the shadows and flaunting their wares in the glare of the headlights.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It seemed to be a sort of rite with him, to prepare himself for slumber by meditation in the presence of the grand spectacles of the nocturnal heavens.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Then, those large eyes, with that capacity for reflecting light, are common features of nocturnal things—witness the owl and the cat.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Every night, regularly, at nine, at twelve, at three, they lifted a nocturnal song, a weird and eerie chant, in which it was Buck’s delight to join.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • But the disease was not punishment enough for her nocturnal philandering.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • It was during the night of December 9–10 that the Nautilus encountered this army of distinctly nocturnal mollusks.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • And it was against this nocturnal organization that the newspapers of the North cried out most loudly, never realizing the tragic necessity that brought it into being.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They slipped beneath his feet as he clambered over them, and when he listened to the nocturnal sounds again, afraid the noise might have attracted someone’s attention, he saw a guard appear among the ruined houses.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • The passion of nocturnal secrecy was a wine in his blood.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The nocturnal rat peers from his hole.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The kitchen now suggests that sort of lurid nocturnal brilliance, the raw colours of childhood’s spectrum.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • The boy became so taken with those nocturnal raids that it was a long time before he was seen at Catarino’s.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • There were then in circulation, strange stories of a surly monk, a nocturnal prowler about the streets of Paris, and they recurred confusedly to his memory.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • However, our doctor friend, who was head of this partnership, had been right in saying that even during the most ferocious nocturnal raid it would never enter the heads of the Gestapo to search the surgery, so it was the only place where we could sleep safely.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • He would be aware of the great field of lamps of a nocturnal city; then of the figure of a man walking swiftly; then of a child running from the doctor’s; and then these met, and that human Juggernaut trod the child down and passed on regardless of her screams.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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