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A.Word.A.Day--hodiernal

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hodiernal (ho-di-ER-nuhl) adjective

Of or pertaining to the present day.

[From Latin hodiernus, from hodie (today). Also see hesternal (relating to yesterday) and nudiustertian (relating to the day before yesterday).]

"Our vernal
Brightness keeping,
Time outleaping;
Passed the hodiernal!"
Thomas Hardy; To Outer Nature; 19th c.

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