- Archaic. fits of madness.
Origin of lunes
1605–15; < French, Middle French, plural of lune caprice < Medieval Latin lūna fit of lunacy, special use of Latin lūna moon; compare German Laune
- anything shaped like a crescent or a half moon.
- a crescent-shaped figure bounded by two arcs of circles, either on a plane or a spherical surface.
Origin of lune1
First recorded in 1695–1705, lune is from the Latin word lūna moon
- a line for securing a hawk.
Origin of lune2
1425–75; late Middle English, variant of loyn < Middle French loigne longe
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Examples from the Web for lunes
Sir Launcelot said: "Yea, Lady, and there she hangs, caught by her lunes in yonder elm-tree."
In the course of a few hours poor Lunes was brought to me in a most desolate condition.Captain Canot
- a section of the surface of a sphere enclosed between two semicircles that intersect at opposite points on the sphere
- a crescent-shaped figure formed on a plane surface by the intersection of the arcs of two circles
- something shaped like a crescent
- RC Church another word for lunette (def. 6)
C18: from Latin lūna moon
- falconry a leash for hawks or falcons
C14 loigne, from Old French, from Medieval Latin longia, longea, from Latin longus long 1
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Word Origin and History for lunes
figure formed by two arcs of circles, 1704, from Latin luna "moon; crescent-shaped badge" (see luna).
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