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154. Dawn

  1. Aarvak one of the horses of the sun. [Norse Myth.: Leach, 1]
  2. Aurora goddess of dawn whose tears provide dew. [Rom. Myth.: Kravitz, 42]
  3. Daphne Apollos attempted rape represents dawn fleeing daylight. [Gk. Myth.: Parrinder, 72; Jobes, 414]
  4. Eos goddess of dawn; announces Helios each morning. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 89]
  5. Heimdall god of dawn and protector of rainbow bridge, Bifrost. [Norse Myth.: Leach, 488]
  6. laughing jackass bird whose cry brings in daylight. [Euahlayi Legend: How the People Sang The Mountains Up, 19]
  7. Octa mountain from which sun rises. [Rom. Folklore: Wheeler, 7]
  8. rays, garland of emblem of Aurora, dawn goddess. [Gk. Myth.: Jobes, 374]
  9. rooster its crowing at dawn heralds each new day. [Western Folklore: Leach, 329]

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dawn / dôn; dän/ • n. the first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise. ∎ fig. the beginning of a phenomenon or period of time, esp. one considered favorable: the dawn of civilization. • v. [intr.] 1. (of a day) begin: Thursday dawned bright and sunny. ∎ fig. come into existence. 2. become evident to the mind; be perceived or understood: the truth was beginning to dawn on him | [as adj.] (dawning) he smiled with dawning recognition. PHRASES: from dawn to dusk all day; ceaselessly.

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dawn dawn chorus the singing of a large number of birds before dawn each day, particularly during the breeding season.
dawn raid in Stock Exchange usage, an attempt to acquire a substantial portion of a company's shares at the start of a day's trading, typically as a preliminary to a takeover bid.
dawn redwood a coniferous tree with deciduous needles, known only as a fossil until it was found growing in SW China in 1941.

See also crack of dawn, the darkest hour is just before dawn.

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dawn vb. XV. Back-formation from dawning, ME. dai(ʒ)ening, da(i)ning (XIII), dawenyng (XIV), alt. of daiing, dawyng (OE. dagung, f. dagian grow light) after Scand. (OSw. daghning, Sw., Da. dagning); see DAY, -ING 1.
Hence dawn sb. XVI.

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