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[ sel-uh-nog-ruh-fee ]
/ ˌsɛl əˈnɒg rə fi /


the branch of astronomy that deals with the charting of the moon's surface.

Nearby words

seleno-, selenocentric, selenodesy, selenodont, selenographer, selenography, selenology, selenomorphology, selenotropism, selenous, seler

Origin of selenography

First recorded in 1640–50; seleno- + -graphy
Related formssel·e·nog·ra·pher, nounse·le·no·graph·ic [si-lee-nuh-graf-ik] /sɪˌli nəˈgræf ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for selenographer

  • Barbicane knew this opinion of the German selenographer, an opinion shared by Ber and Moedler.

    From the Earth to the Moon, Direct in Ninety-Seven Hours and Twenty Minutes: and a Trip Round It|Jules Verne

British Dictionary definitions for selenographer


/ (ˌsiːlɪˈnɒɡrəfɪ) /


the branch of astronomy concerned with the description and mapping of the surface features of the moon
Derived Formsselenograph (sɪˈliːnəʊˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf), nounselenographer or selenographist, nounselenographic (sɪˌliːnəʊˈɡræfɪk) or selenographical, adjectiveselenographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for selenographer



"student of the moon," 1660s, from selenography (1640s), from comb. form of Selene + -graphy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper