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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

gibbous

\GIB-uhs\ , adjective;
1.
Astronomy. (of a heavenly body) convex at both edges, as the moon when more than half full.
2.
humpbacked
Quotes:
Saturday is full moon, so we will celebrate—if we are lucky with the weather—by the light of a waxing gibbous moon.
-- A. S. Byatt, The Children's Book, 2009
The stars and the gibbous moon demanded to be looked at, and when one meteorite had streaked across the sky, you could not help waiting, open-eyed and alert…
-- Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow, 1921
Origin:
Gibbous entered English late 14th or early 15th century from the Latin gibbus meaning hump.
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