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perilune

[ per-i-loon ]

noun

  1. the point in the orbit of a heavenly body that is nearest to the moon.


perilune

/ ˈpɛrɪˌluːn /

noun

  1. the point in a lunar orbit when a spacecraft launched from the moon is nearest the moon Compare apolune pericynthion


perilune

/ pĕrĭ-lo̅o̅n′ /

  1. The point at which an object orbiting the Moon, such as an artificial satellite, is closest to the Moon's center.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of perilune1

First recorded in 1955–60; peri- + -lune, from Latin lūna “moon,” on the model of perigee
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Word History and Origins

Origin of perilune1

C20: from peri- + -lune, from Latin lūna moon

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