Lucubration is the act of intensely studying late into the night (historically, by candlelight). What would a similar word be for studying early in the morning?

E.g. I woke up before the sun rose for some quality [word]. After all, the early bird gets the worm.

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    I don’t have enough Latin to do a morphemic analysis of lucubration. But as you said, and etymonline confirms [1], lucubration is to work by artificial light. Now it’s arguable that this also applies to the dark of the pre-dawn, but I’m more interested in extracting the work by morpheme from lucubration, so we can rip off *leuk and replace it with another stem specifically meaning morning light. Which stem is that? Why, lucifer, of course [2]. Or any other name for Venus, like Greek Hesperus (himself industrious). But I’ve already developed a fondness for lucifercubration. – Dan Bron Feb 9 at 19:38
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    I am rather hoping that some clever person will come up with something to do with birdsong, or 'dawn chorus'. Auroracation from the Latin word aurora 'dawn'. – Nigel J Feb 9 at 20:42
  • Lucubration is from Latin lūcubrāt-, < lūc-, lūx light. I'm not sure what "ubrāt" means there. It is something to do with night so it might be related to "umbra". Mane is morning in Latin so I could coin lucmanation or lumanation perhaps. – ermanen Feb 9 at 20:50

Lucubration is derived by the Latin lemma "lucubrare, lucubrat-", which means "to work at night by lamplight", as "luc" (from lux) denotes the "light".

I think "enlightenment" and "meditation" could be related to the meaning of a "laborious, intense and pendantic study" and make sort of a match or a synonym.

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