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halfmoon

[haf-moon, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌmun, ˈhɑf-/
noun
1.
an edible fish, Medialuna californiensis, found in southern California, having a slate-gray body.
Origin of halfmoon
1490-1500
First recorded in 1490-1500; half + moon

half-moon

[haf-moon, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈmun, ˈhɑf-/
noun
1.
the moon when, at either quadrature, half its disk is illuminated.
2.
the phase of the moon at this time.
3.
something having the shape of a half-moon or crescent.
Origin
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425
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  • It was past ten when the phaeton turned into halfmoon Street.

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  • He went away from halfmoon Street with reassurances for the countess.

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  • I'll ride to halfmoon Flat for the constable and a posse to put a stop to this.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
  • Half an hour later they stepped to the deck of the halfmoon.

    The Mucker Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • It almost changed his estimate of the passenger of the halfmoon.

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  • For weeks the halfmoon kept steadily on her course, a little south of west.

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  • THE storm that struck the halfmoon took her entirely unaware.

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  • Skipper Simms boasted of the seamanship that had saved the halfmoon—his own seamanship of course.

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  • It is true that I doubted you at first—I doubted everyone connected with the halfmoon.

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  • Then, of a sudden, the second officer of the halfmoon straightened to his full height.

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British Dictionary definitions for halfmoon

half-moon

noun
1.
the moon at first or last quarter when half its face is illuminated
2.
the time at which a half-moon occurs
3.
  1. something shaped like a half-moon
  2. (as modifier): half-moon spectacles
4.
(anatomy) a nontechnical name for lunula
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