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halfmoon

[haf-moon, hahf-]
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noun
  1. 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

half-moon

[haf-moon, hahf-]
noun
  1. the moon when, at either quadrature, half its disk is illuminated.
  2. the phase of the moon at this time.
  3. something having the shape of a half-moon or crescent.
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Origin of half-moon

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425
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Examples from the Web for halfmoon

Historical Examples

  • It was past ten when the phaeton turned into Halfmoon Street.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon

  • He went away from Halfmoon Street with reassurances for the countess.

    The Vanity Girl

    Compton Mackenzie

  • I'll ride to Halfmoon Flat for the constable and a posse to put a stop to this.

    The Heritage of the Hills

    Arthur P. Hankins

  • Half an hour later they stepped to the deck of the Halfmoon.

    The Mucker

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • It almost changed his estimate of the passenger of the Halfmoon.

    The Mucker

    Edgar Rice Burroughs


British Dictionary definitions for halfmoon

half-moon

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