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earthshine

[urth-shahyn] /ˈɜrθˌʃaɪn/
noun, Astronomy.
1.
the faint illumination of the part of the moon not illuminated by sunlight, as during a crescent phase, caused by the reflection of light from the earth.
Also called earthlight.
Origin of earthshine
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35; earth + shine1
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  • The ancients were greatly exercised in their minds to account for this "earthlight," or "earthshine," as it is also called.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
British Dictionary definitions for earthshine

earthshine

/ˈɜːθˌʃaɪn/
noun
1.
the ashen light reflected from the earth, which illuminates the new moon when it is not receiving light directly from the sun
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