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paraselene

[par-uh-si-lee-nee]
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noun, plural par·a·se·le·nae [par-uh-si-lee-nee] /ˌpær ə sɪˈli ni/. Meteorology.
  1. a bright moonlike spot on a lunar halo; a mock moon.
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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

noun plural -nae (-niː)
  1. meteorol a bright image of the moon on a lunar haloAlso called: mock moon Compare parhelion
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Derived Formsparaselenic, adjective

Word Origin

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