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[nik-ti-trop-ik, -troh-pik] /ˌnɪk tɪˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk/

adjective, Botany.
tending to assume at or just before nightfall positions unlike those maintained during the day, as the leaves or flowers of certain plants.
a tendency of some plant parts to assume positions at night that are different from their daytime positions


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