Matutinal is a term used in the life sciences to describe an organism that is only or primarily active in the pre-dawn hours or early morning. The variant term matinal is used only in entomology, often used in literature on the natural history and ecology of bees. There are numerous genera and species of bees that exhibit this behavior, it is presumed to escape from competition for resources, and many flowers (such as the aptly named morning glory) have adapted to this particular pollination syndrome. The etymology of the term is the Latin word mātūtīnus, "of or pertaining to the morning" (from Mātūta, Roman goddess of the dawn + -īnus, "-ine") + -ālis, "-al".[1]

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  • matutinal — matutinal, ale, aux [ matytinal, o ] adj. • XIIe, rare av. fin XVIIIe; lat. médiév. matutinalis, de matutinum → matin ♦ Vx ou littér. Qui appartient au matin. ⇒ matinal. ● matutinal, matutinale, matutinaux adjectif Littéraire. Qui appartient au …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • matutinal — matutinal, ale (ma tu ti nal, na l ) adj. Qui appartient au matin. Peu usité. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Dérivé du lat. matutinus (voy. matin) ; provenç. et espagn. matutinal ; …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • matutinal — matutinál adj. m., pl. matutináli; f. sg. matutinálă, pl. matutinále Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  MATUTINÁL, Ă adj. (Rar) De dimineaţă; matinal; matutin. [cf …   Dicționar Român

  • Matutinal — Mat u*ti nal, a. [L. matutinalis, matutinus: cf. F. matutinal. See {Matin}.] Of or pertaining to the morning; early. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • matutinal — (del lat. «matutinālis») adj. Matutino. * * * matutinal. (Del lat. matutinālis). adj. matutino. * * * ► adjetivo Matutino …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Matutinal — Matutināl (lat.), morgendlich; Matutīne, Frühmesse (s. Horen) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • matutinal — (adj.) 1650s, from L. matutinalis pertaining to morning, from matutinus of or pertaining to the morning, from Matuta, name of the Roman goddess of dawn, related to maturus “early” (see MATURE (Cf. mature) (v.)). Earlier in same sense was… …   Etymology dictionary

  • matutinal — adj. 2 g. O mesmo que matinal.   ‣ Etimologia: matutino + al …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • matutinal — (Del lat. matutinālis). adj. matutino …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • matutinal — ► ADJECTIVE formal ▪ of or occurring in the morning. ORIGIN Latin matutinus early …   English terms dictionary

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