full moon


Definition of full moon 

: the moon with its whole apparent disk illuminated

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The Strawberry Moon — also known as the Rose Moon or Honey Moon — was named by Algonquin tribes, who used the full moon as a signal to pick ripe strawberries and other fruit. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Strawberry Moon and Saturn to put on dazzling display this week," 27 June 2018 The fish likely will move to shoreline brush and treetops as the full moon approaches near the end of the month, and live minnows will become the best bait then. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 6 Apr. 2018 March’s night sky will be bookended by full moons while spring constellations get their moment to shine and several planets line up for good early morning viewing. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Two full moons and lots of planet watching on tap in March," 26 Feb. 2018 Time it perfectly and a full moon — circle July 27 on your calendar — can rise simultaneously at dusk. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "’Tis the season for ‘Dancing with Fog’," 12 July 2018 For example, a full moon that also happens to be a supermoon may feel more energizing or motivational than usual. refinery29.com, "The New Moon This Thursday Will Be A Double Whammy," 9 July 2018 Twas a full moon and something just gets into the blood. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Smashing Pumpkins House Show Shut Down by Police," 2 July 2018 The Space Needle scores a bull’s-eye, skewering the rising (nearly) full moon. Colin Diltz, The Seattle Times, "Reader’s Lens | The Space Needle skewers the rising moon," 2 July 2018 Bluegills and shellcrackers can be caught in good numbers during the full moon. Mark Blythe, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida fishing forecast: June 27," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of full moon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of full moon

: the moon when it appears as a bright circle

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Kids Definition of full moon

: the moon with its whole disk lighted

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