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  1. the branch of astronomy that deals with the charting of the moon's surface.
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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
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Examples from the Web for selenography

Historical Examples

  • It is a tough problem in selenography to account for these streaks.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass

    Garrett Putman Serviss

  • These, and a few other similar instances, are all that selenography has to offer by way of evidence of actual lunar change.

  • Selenography, in the modern sense, is little more than a hundred years old.

  • For many years, accordingly, Schmidt had the field of selenography almost to himself.

  • Langrenus was the first to do serious work on selenography, and named the lunar features after eminent men.

British Dictionary definitions for selenography


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