moonwake

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

moon +‎ wake

Noun[edit]

moonwake (uncountable)

  1. The reflection of moonlight on a body of water.
    • 1901, Daniel A. Goodsell, Nature and Character at Granite Bay
      I was long puzzled to know why this moonwake always followed as I walked []
    • 1922, William Morris, The Story of Sigurd the Volsung
      And they grew and brightened and gathered; and whiles together they ran. Like the moonwake over the waters []
    • 2006, The Atlantic, Word Fugitives
      Mariners sometimes call the moving path of light leading to the moon the moonwake, because it looks like the white wash of a ship's wake.

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