paraselene

[ par-uh-si-lee-nee ]
/ ˌpær ə sɪˈli ni /

noun, plural par·a·se·le·nae [par-uh-si-lee-nee] /ˌpær ə sɪˈli ni/. Meteorology.

a bright moonlike spot on a lunar halo; a mock moon.

Nearby words

  1. parasailing,
  2. parasang,
  3. parascending,
  4. parascenium,
  5. parascience,
  6. parasensory,
  7. parasexual reproduction,
  8. parashah,
  9. parashurama,
  10. parasinoidal

Compare parhelion.

Origin of paraselene

1645–55; < New Latin, equivalent to para- para-1 + Greek selḗnē the moon

Also called moondog.

Related formspar·a·se·le·nic [par-uh-si-lee-nik, -len-ik] /ˌpær ə sɪˈli nɪk, -ˈlɛn ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for paraselene

paraselene

/ (ˌpærəsɪˈliːnɪ) /

noun plural -nae (-niː)

meteorol a bright image of the moon on a lunar haloAlso called: mock moon Compare parhelion
Derived Formsparaselenic, adjective

Word Origin for paraselene

C17: New Latin, from para- 1 + Greek selēnē moon

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