Baily's beads

plural noun Bai·ly's beads \ˈbālēz-, -liz-\

Definition of Baily's beads

  1. :  the row of brilliant points of sunlight shining through valleys on the edge of the moon that are seen for a few seconds just before and after the central phase in an eclipse of the sun

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Origin and Etymology of baily's beads

after Francis Baily †1844 English astronomer who described them


First Known Use: 1858


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