Luna

Luna

[loo-nuh]
noun
1.
the ancient Roman goddess personifying the moon, sometimes identified with Diana.
2.
(in alchemy) silver.
3.
(lowercase) . Also, lunette. Ecclesiastical. the crescent-shaped receptacle within the monstrance, for holding the consecrated Host in an upright position.

Origin:
< Latin lūna the moon

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Luna1 (ˈluːnə)
 
n
1.  the alchemical name for silver
2.  Greek counterpart: Selene the Roman goddess of the moon
 
[from Latin: moon]

Luna or Lunik2 (ˈluːnə, ˈluːnɪk)
 
n
any of a series of Soviet lunar space-probes, one of which, Luna 9, made the first soft landing on the moon (1966)
 
Lunik or Lunik2
 
n

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luna
late 14c. as an alchemical name for "Silver;" 1520s as "moon," from L. luna "moon," from *leuksna- (cf. O.C.S. luna "moon," O.Pruss. lauxnos "stars," M.Ir. luan "light, moon"), from the same source as lux, lumen "light." The luna moth (1884) so called for the crescent-shaped markings on its wings.
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