matutinal

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Borrowing from Late Latin mātūtīnālis(belonging to the early morning), from Latin mātūtīnus(of or pertaining to the morning) (from Mātūta(Roman goddess of the dawn) + -īnus(-ine) + -ālis(-al).[1]

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matutinal ‎(not comparable)

  1. Of, occurring in, or relating to the early morning.[2]
    • 1874, Henry James, "Professor Fargo" in The Galaxy 18(2) (August 1874): 233–253.
      [A] young lady was introduced who had come to request him to raise a ghost—a resolute young lady, with several ringlets and a huge ancestral umbrella, whose matutinal appetite for the supernatural had not been quenched by the raw autumnal storm.

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  1. ^ Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
  2. ^ The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition (2006)