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Waxing gibbous

Postby dane » Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:20 am

I am fascinated by the words: "Waxing gibbous".
I know what they mean: a moon that is more than half full, and growing.
But - for the benefit of a foreigner whose first language is not English - can anyone please explain those 2 words and their linguistic origin?
"Waxing" sounds to me sort of old Nordic for growing ("Wax" = "Voks").
But "gibbous"? I haven't a clue....
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Re: Waxing gibbous

Postby dc1500 » Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:36 am

From "gibbus" , latin, meaning "hump", "convex"
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P.S Your English is fantastic ! I'm very envious of those in the world who are multi-lingual
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Re: Waxing gibbous

Postby dane » Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:28 pm

Thank you, Dave :)
Do you also happen to know who came up with those names for the phases of the moon?
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