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n. pl. par·a·se·le·nae (-nē)
A luminous spot on a lunar halo.

[para- + Greek selēnē, moon.]

par′a·se·le′nic (-lē′nĭk, -lĕn′ĭk) adj.
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n, pl -nae (-niː)
(Physical Geography) meteorol a bright image of the moon on a lunar halo. Also called: mock moon Compare parhelion
[C17: New Latin, from para-1 + Greek selēnē moon]
ˌparaseˈlenic adj
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a false moon, in reality a bright spot or a luminous ring surrounding the moon.
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