dark of the moon

noun
the period during which the moon is not visible.

Origin:
1645–55

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Corn planted on the dark of the moon would be all root and leaves.
Whatever they did in the dark of the moon, they performed as well as they could
  in daylight.
Plant root vegetables by the dark of the moon, other vegetables by the light of
  the moon.
The time was set during the dark of the moon, and the moon was now rising and
  breaking through the clouds.
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