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demilune

[dem-i-loon] /ˈdɛm ɪˌlun/
noun
1.
a crescent.
2.
Fortification. an outwork resembling a bastion with a crescent-shaped gorge.
3.
a crescent or half-moon shape, as of the top of a piece of furniture.
adjective
4.
shaped like a crescent.
Origin of demilune
1720-1730
1720-30; < French: half moon. See demi-, lune1
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  • At either end of this crescent or demilune is a large orbweb, surmounted by a tower.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
  • The breastwork or demilune that had been woven around the outer bounds was leveled in an instant.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
British Dictionary definitions for demilune

demilune

/ˈdɛmɪˌluːn; -ˌljuːn/
noun
1.
(fortifications) an outwork in front of a fort, shaped like a crescent moon
2.
a crescent-shaped object or formation; half-moon
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: half-moon
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demilune in Medicine

demilune dem·i·lune (děm'ē-lōōn')
n.
A small body shaped like a half-moon or crescent, such as one of the crescent-shaped cells surrounding certain mucous glands.

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