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Ancient Word of the Day: Grimmelings

Although similar to the gloaming, grimmelings is a slightly different natural phenomenon at both ends of the rotating sun’s traverse across the sky.

Cycling adventures at dusk in Wrocław. Copyright Content Catnip 2016

Grimmelings – The first or last gleams of the day (Scots, esp. Orkney).
From the Norwegian “grimla”, to glimmer before the eyes, to twinkle or blink. Also “grimlins”.

Cycling adventures at dusk in Wrocław Copyright Content Catnip 2016

Or “the harlot’s hour”: “Just in the close and shutting up of day, When the last gleams were hurrying swift away; The harlots hour their subtle trains to lay” Robert Gould’s 1689 Paraphrase of Proverbs 7 (KJV has “in the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night”)

Via Robert MacFarlane

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