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 for half-moon
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Half-moon \Half"-moon`\ (-m[=oo]n`), n.
     1. The moon at the quarters, when half its disk appears
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     2. The shape of a half-moon; a crescent.
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              See how in warlike muster they appear,
              In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings.
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     3. (Fort.) An outwork composed of two faces, forming a
        salient angle whose gorge resembles a half-moon; -- now
        called a ravelin.
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     4. (Zool.) A marine, sparoid, food fish of California
        ({C[ae]siosoma Californiense). The body is ovate,
        blackish above, blue or gray below. Called also
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ravelin \Rave"lin\ (r[a^]v"l[i^]n; 277), n. [F.; cf. Sp.
     rebellin, It. revellino, rivellino; perhaps fr. L. re- again
     + vallum wall.] (Fort.)
     A detached work with two embankments which make a salient
     angle. It is raised before the curtain on the counterscarp of
     the place. Formerly called demilune and half-moon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the crescent-shaped area at the base of the human
           fingernail [syn: half-moon, lunula, lunule]
      2: the time at which the Moon is at first or last quarter when
         half its face is illuminated

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