moonbeam

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EtymologyEdit

In Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream 1590.[1] Compound of moon +‎ beam.

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moonbeam (plural moonbeams)

  1. A shaft of moonlight.[2]
  2. Moonlight generally.
  3. Any of various Australasian lycaenid butterflies of the genus Philiris.

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  1. ^ Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Robert K. Barnhart (ed.), Chambers, 1988
  2. ^ Webster's College Dictionary, Random House, 2001