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gegenschein

[gey-guh n-shahyn] /ˈgeɪ gənˌʃaɪn/
noun, Astronomy
1.
a faint, elliptical patch of light in the night sky that appears opposite the sun, being a reflection of sunlight by meteoric material in space.
Also called counterglow.
Compare zodiacal light.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < German Gegenschein counterglow
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British Dictionary definitions for gegenschein

gegenschein

/ˈɡeɪɡənˌʃaɪn/
noun
1.
a faint glow in the sky, just visible at a position opposite to that of the sun and having a similar origin to zodiacal light Also called counterglow
Word Origin
German, from gegen against, opposite + Schein light; see shine
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