Paraselene

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Paraselene (Meteor) A mock moon; an image of the moon which sometimes appears at the point of intersection of two lunar halos. Cf. Parhelion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paraselene A bright spot on a lunar halo, produced by refraction through a preponderating number of ice-crystals floating perpendicularly or vertically; a mock moon. Two or more paraselenæ are generally seen at the same time, together with additional arcs or bands variously arranged. Paraselenæ are entirely analogous to parhelia. See parhelion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paraselene par-a-se-lē′nē a mock moon, seen in connection with a lunar rainbow (cf. Parahelion)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from Gr. para` beside + selh`nh the moon: cf. F. parasélène,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. para, beside, selēnē, the moon.

Usage

In literature:

On the evening of November 11, there was a brilliant paraselene, two distinct halos and eight false moons being visible in the southern sky.
"The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary
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