demilune

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French demi-lune

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

demilune (not comparable)

  1. (of furniture) In the shape of a half-moon, i.e. semicircular.
    • 2007 February 9, Wendy Moonan, “Relics of the 19th Century, in a Sentimental Mood”, in New York Times[1]:
      A handsome pair of tall, walnut-veneered Biedermeier bookcases from Austria, circa 1835, can be had from Iliad Antik of New York for $95,000, while Clinton Howell of New York has a rare pair of marquetry inlaid demilune consoles that he attributes to the workshop of John Linnell of England, circa 1755.

Noun[edit]

demilune (plural demilunes)

  1. A fortification constructed beyond the main ditch of a fortress, and in front of the curtain between two bastions, intended to defend the curtain; a ravelin.
  2. (biology) A crescentic mass of granular protoplasm present in the salivary glands.