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[urth-lahyt] /ˈɜrθˌlaɪt/
noun, Astronomy.
Origin of earthlight
First recorded in 1825-35; earth + light1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This rock in the inner crater was gray, pale and ghostly in the earthlight.

    The Finding of Haldgren Charles Willard Diffin
  • By earthlight, they could distinguish its lines, though not the color.

    Master of the Moondog Stanley Mullen
  • He tried the familiar jest: "Don't let the earthlight get you!"

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
  • We crouched in the shadows, the earthlight filtering down to us.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
  • Even at lunar sunset the earthlight was sixteen times brighter.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • It was night out there, with an odd metallic reflection of earthlight against the naked crags.

    The Victor Bryce Walton
  • The forest dropped, a purple spread of treetops edged with starlight and earthlight.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
  • The hull control rooms were dimly with earthlight straggling through the windows.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
  • I could see, far down there on the crater floor, a little patch of earthlight in which a mashed human figure was lying.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
  • They went together in a great leap off the platform onto the rocks, and rolled in a bright patch of earthlight.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for earthlight


another name for earthshine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for earthlight

1833, from earth + light (n.). Apparently coined by British astronomer John Herschel.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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