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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, occurring, or performed during half a day.
  • adjective Occurring or coming approximately once every 12 hours, as the tides.
  • adjective Of or relating to the arc described by a celestial body between its meridian passage and its points of rising or setting.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or accomplished in half a day (either twelve hours or six hours); continuing half a day.
  • In entomology, partly diurnal; flying in twilight; crepuscular; specifically, of or pertaining to the Semidiurna.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or accomplished in, half a day, or twelve hours; occurring twice every day.
  • adjective Pertaining to, or traversed in, six hours, or in half the time between the rising and setting of a heavenly body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Twice daily (usually of tides).

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

semi- +‎ diurnal

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