halfmoon

[ haf-moon, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌmun, ˈhɑf- /

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

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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
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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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