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In the old traditional Japanese method of timekeeping, the day was divided into twelve 刻 (koku) of two hours apiece, one for each of the twelve branches of the zodiac. One koku could be divided into four equal periods of thirty minutes apiece.
- (archaic) the time between and 2:00 AM and 2:30 AM, or between 3:00 AM and 3:30 AM, depending on the timekeeping tradition in use
- (archaic, poetic, by extension) the middle of the night, late night
- 丑三つ (ushimitsu)