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gegenschein

[ gey-guhn-shahyn ]
/ ˈgeɪ gənˌʃaɪn /
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noun Astronomy.
a faint, elliptical patch of light in the night sky that appears opposite the sun, being a reflection of sunlight by meteoric material in space.
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Also called counterglow.
Compare zodiacal light.

Origin of gegenschein

First recorded in 1875–80, gegenschein is from the German word Gegenschein counterglow

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British Dictionary definitions for gegenschein

gegenschein
/ (ˈɡeɪɡənˌʃaɪn) /

noun
a faint glow in the sky, just visible at a position opposite to that of the sun and having a similar origin to zodiacal lightAlso called: counterglow

Word Origin for gegenschein

German, from gegen against, opposite + Schein light; see shine
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