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seleno- +‎ -phile, literally "moon-lover".


selenophile (plural selenophiles)

  1. (botany, chemistry) Something which tends to absorb selenium.
    • 1991 January 1, Craig J. Hawker, Athena Philippides, Alan R. Battersby, “Selenomethylpyrroles: Their Use for Synthesis of Dipyrrylmethanes (Dipyrrins), Tripyranes and Bilanes”, in Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1, →DOI:
      Accordingly, it seemed probable that by having X in Scheme 1 as SeR, then a selenophile such as copper(1) would promote the C-C bond formation as in Scheme 2 to yield the required systems.
    • 1998 March 23, Robert Alan Lewis, Lewis' Dictionary of Toxicology, CRC-Press, →ISBN, page 127:
      The poisonvetches are obligate selenophiles and the selenium content accounts for their chief toxic effects.
  2. (informal) A person who is fond of or interested in the Moon.
    • 2008 September 2, Madeleine L'Engle, A Ring of Endless Light, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), →ISBN, page 303:
      A selenophile, that's me. Are you a selenophile or a heliophile? A lunar lover or a solar lover?
    • 2019 February 19, Wilder Davies, “Tonight's Super Snow Moon Will Be the Biggest Supermoon of 2019. Here's How to Watch”, in Time[1]:
      Good news for sky watchers and selenophiles, tonight’s full moon is set to be the biggest and brightest of the year, according to NASA.
    • 2022 May 13, Joe Mario Pedersen, “Blood Flower Moon blossoms over Orlando during total lunar eclipse & full moon”, in Orlando Sentinel[2]:
      The celestial phenomenon is a must-see event for selenophiles hoping to see a total lunar eclipse and May’s full moon.

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