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half-moon

[haf-moon, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈmun, ˈhɑf-/
noun
1.
the moon when, at either quadrature, half its disk is illuminated.
2.
the phase of the moon at this time.
3.
something having the shape of a half-moon or crescent.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English

halfmoon

[haf-moon, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌmun, ˈhɑf-/
noun
1.
an edible fish, Medialuna californiensis, found in southern California, having a slate-gray body.
Origin
1490-1500; half + moon
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British Dictionary definitions for halfmoon

half-moon

noun
1.
the moon at first or last quarter when half its face is illuminated
2.
the time at which a half-moon occurs
3.
  1. something shaped like a half-moon
  2. (as modifier): half-moon spectacles
4.
(anatomy) a nontechnical name for lunula
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Encyclopedia Article for halfmoon

(Medialuna californiensis), edible Pacific fish of the family Kyphosidae (order Perciformes). Some authorities place it in the subfamily Scorpidinae, as distinct from the other Kyphosidae, which are known as sea chubs. Halfmoons are bluish gray in colour, with dark gray fins. They normally reach a length of about 30 centimetres (1 foot). They inhabit Pacific coastal areas from Oregon to the Gulf of California and are caught in large numbers by commercial fishermen.

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