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noun Astronomy.
  1. earthshine.
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Origin of earthlight

First recorded in 1825–35; earth + light1
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Examples from the Web for earthlight

Historical Examples

  • 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!"

  • We crouched in the shadows, the Earthlight filtering down to us.

  • Even at lunar sunset the Earthlight was sixteen times brighter.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

British Dictionary definitions for earthlight


  1. another name for earthshine
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Word Origin and History for earthlight


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

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