gibbous

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From Middle English, from Latin gibbus (humped, hunched), probably cognate with cubō (bend oneself, lie down), Italian gobba (humpback), Greek κύφος (kýfos, humpback, bent), κύβος (kývos, cube, vertebra).

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gibbous (comparative more gibbous, superlative most gibbous)

  1. Characterized by convexity; protuberant.
    • 1886, Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge, chapter 22
      In fact, what these gibbous human shapes specially represented was ready money—money insistently ready [...]
  2. (astronomy) Phase of moon or planet between first quarter and full or between full and last quarter.
  3. Humpbacked.
    • 1697, Dryden, Aeneid, book 8
      A pointed flinty rock, all bare and black,
      Grew gibbous from behind the mountain's back;

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