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antĕ-lūcānus , a, um, adj. lux,
I.before light, before day (class.; “only in prose): ex antelucano tempore,Cic. Fam. 15, 4: “gutta roris antelucani,Vulg. Sap. 11, 23: “industria,Cic. Tusc. 4, 19, 44: “cenae,which continue the whole night until daybreak, id. Cat. 2, 10: “lucubratio,Col. 11, 2, 55: “spiritus, i. e. ventus,Vitr. 1, 6; so, “aurae,Plin. 18, 6, 7, § 2.—Hence, subst.: antĕlūcā-num , i, n., the dawn (eccl. Lat.): doctrinam quasi antelucanum illumino omnibus, I make to shine as the dawn, * Vulg. Eccli. 24, 44.
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