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halfmoon

[ haf-moon, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌmun, ˈhɑf- /
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noun
an edible fish, Medialuna californiensis, found in southern California, having a slate-gray body.
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Origin of halfmoon

First recorded in 1490–1500; half + moon

Other definitions for halfmoon (2 of 3)

half-moon
[ haf-moon, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˈmun, ˈhɑf- /

noun
the moon when, at either quadrature, half its disk is illuminated.
the phase of the moon at this time.
something having the shape of a half-moon or crescent.

Origin of half-moon

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425

Other definitions for halfmoon (3 of 3)

Half Moon

noun
the ship in which Henry Hudson made his voyage to explore America in 1609.
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British Dictionary definitions for halfmoon

half-moon

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