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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Eve n.
 1. Evening. [Poetic]
    Winter oft, at eve resumes the breeze.   --Thomson.
 2. The evening before a holiday, -- from the Jewish mode of reckoning the day as beginning at sunset, not at midnight; as, Christmas eve is the evening before Christmas; also, the period immediately preceding some important event. “On the eve of death.”
 Eve churr Zoöl., the European goatsucker or nightjar; -- called also night churr, and churr owl.