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Contributor Contrib.86ht86ht on 4/25/2017
From Latin noctilūca meaning "something that shines by night" - thus also "moon" and "lantern" - from nox "night" and luceo "to shine". It may be an epithet of the Roman goddess JUNO. It also occurs in John of Salisbury's 12th-century treatise the Policraticus as an alternative name for the goddess HERODIAS.