harvest moon

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Extra light provides longer hours for the harvesting that occurs in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year.

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harvest moon (plural harvest moons)

  1. The first full moon of autumn by a tropical year.
  2. The full moon nearest the autumn equinox, when the moon rises the latest and lowest in the sky and seems to appear the biggest, as seen from the Northern Hemisphere.
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 6
      Boxer would even come out at nights and work for an hour or two on his own by the light of the harvest moon.

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