waning moon

noun
the moon at any time after full moon and before new moon (so called because its illuminated area is decreasing).
Also called old moon.
Compare waxing moon.


Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English

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The landscape was spectral in the light of the waning moon.
The waning moon rose but soon disappeared behind the clouds.
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