perilune

[ per-i-loon ]
/ ˈpɛr ɪˌlun /

noun

the point in a lunar orbit that is nearest to the moon.

Nearby words

  1. perilaryngitis,
  2. perilla,
  3. perilla oil,
  4. perilous,
  5. perilously,
  6. perilymph,
  7. perilymphangitis,
  8. perilymphatic,
  9. perilymphatic duct,
  10. perilymphatic space

Compare apolune.

Origin of perilune

1955–60; peri- + -lune < Latin lūna moon, on the model of perigee

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British Dictionary definitions for perilune

perilune

/ (ˈpɛrɪˌluːn) /

noun

the point in a lunar orbit when a spacecraft launched from the moon is nearest the moonCompare apolune, pericynthion

Word Origin for perilune

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

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Science definitions for perilune

perilune

[ pĕrĭ-lōōn′ ]

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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