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Word of the Day 03/13/21 Paraselene

Paraselene (noun)
paraselene [ par-uh-si-lee-nee ]


noun, plural par·a·se·le·nae [par-uh-si-lee-nee]. Meteorology.
1. a bright moonlike spot on a lunar halo; a mock moon.

Also called moondog.

Compare parhelion.

OTHER WORDS FROM PARASELENE
par·a·se·le·nic [par-uh-si-lee-nik, -len-ik], adjective

Origin: 1645–55; < New Latin, equivalent to para-para- + Greek selḗnē the moon

EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR PARASELENE
A complete paraselene appeared about the moon, of the diameter of 45 degrees.
EARLY WESTERN TRAVELS 1748-1846, VOLUME XIV|EDWIN JAMES

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