gibbous moon

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Gibbous (red) and crescent (blue) shapes.

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From gibbous + moon

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gibbous moon (plural gibbous moons)

  1. (astronomy) A lunar phase either side of the full moon when the moon's disc as seen from the Earth is larger than a semicircle.
    • 1911, Madison Cawein, Garden Gossip
      A bat, against the gibbous moon,
      Danced, implike, with its lone delight;
      The glowworm scrawled a golden rune
      Upon the dark; and, emerald-strewn,
      The firefly hung with lamps the night.

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