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earthshine

[ urth-shahyn ]
/ ˈɜrθˌʃaɪn /
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noun Astronomy.

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.

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Also called earthlight.

Origin of earthshine

First recorded in 1825–35; earth + shine1
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How to use earthshine in a sentence

  • And now day begins to decline; and your globe, which never sets to us, will soon shed her pale earthshine over the landscape.

    The Heroine|Eaton Stannard Barrett
  • 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
  • One might have supposed that Fanny's influence had added a slim crescent of silvery light to her habitual earthshine.

    Memoirs of a Midget|Walter de la Mare

British Dictionary definitions for earthshine

earthshine

earthlight

/ (ˈɜːθˌʃaɪn) /

noun

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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