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From moon +‎ rise.


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moonrise (plural moonrises)

  1. The time of day or night when the moon begins to rise over the horizon.
    • 1742, Matthew Towers (translator), The Lyric Pieces of Horace, Dublin, Volume I, Ode III, p. 17,[1]
      Venus now re-assembles her Choirs of Virgins at Moon-rise, and leads the Ball.
    • 1804, Anna Maria Porter, The Lake of Killarney, London: Longman & Rees, Volume I, p. 23,[2]
      Shooting, hunting, and cricket, were pursued with the eagerness of laborious occupations: often has he rambled about from day-break to moon-rise, in search of game; and then returned to Mr. ONiel’s, pale with fatigue, and sick with fasting.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, Chapter 7,[3]
      Weena, I was glad to find, was fast asleep. I carefully wrapped her in my jacket, and sat down beside her to wait for the moonrise.
    • 1909, Edith Wharton, “The Mortal Lease” V, in Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verse, New York: Scribner’s, p. 41,[4]
      Do I not know, some wingèd things from far
      Are borne along illimitable night
      To dance their lives out in a single flight
      Between the moonrise and the setting star?
    • 1917, James Joyce, “She Weeps over Rahoon” in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, Volume XI, No. II, November, 1917, p. 71,[5]
      Rain on Rahoon falls softly, softly falling
      Where my dark lover lies.
      Sad is his voice that calls me, sadly calling
      At grey moonrise.

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