Astronomy. (of a heavenly body) convex at both edges, as the moon when more than half full. See diag. under moon.
Also, gibbose [gib-ohs] .

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin gibbōsus humped, equivalent to gibb(a) hump + -ōsus -ous

gibbously, gibbosely, adverb
gibbousness, gibboseness, noun Unabridged
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gibbous or gibbose (ˈɡɪbəs, ˈɡɪbəʊs)
1.  (of the moon or a planet) more than half but less than fully illuminated
2.  having a hunchback; hunchbacked
3.  bulging
[C17: from Late Latin gibbōsus humpbacked, from Latin gibba hump]
gibbose or gibbose
[C17: from Late Latin gibbōsus humpbacked, from Latin gibba hump]
'gibbously or gibbose
'gibbousness or gibbose

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c.1400, from L.L. gibbous "hunchbacked," from L. gibbus "hump, hunch," of uncertain origin.
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gibbous gib·bous (gĭb'əs)

  1. Characterized by convexity; protuberant.

  2. Having a hump; humpbacked.

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gibbous   (gĭb'əs)  Pronunciation Key 
More than half but less than fully illuminated. Used to describe the Moon or a planet. Compare crescent.
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