moon·​scape | \ ˈmün-ˌskāp How to pronounce moonscape (audio) \

Definition of moonscape

: the surface of the moon as seen or as depicted also : a landscape resembling this surface

Examples of moonscape in a Sentence

The valley is a desolate moonscape.
Recent Examples on the Web No one, even Honda, is claiming that these vehicles are ready to tackle truly brutal moonscape off-roading of the sort that Jeep brags about or that Ford says its new Bronco can handle. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Honda wants you to know it can make badass trucks and SUVs, too," 9 Oct. 2020 Too hot, and the fire can turn large areas into a moonscape barren of the seeds needed for new growth. NBC News, "Fierce, frequent, climate-fueled wildfires may decimate forests worldwide," 22 Sep. 2020 Chile’s vast Atacama desert, once largely submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean, is now a moonscape of sand and stone with parts untouched by rain for years. NBC News, "Remains of Jurassic sea predator found in Chile's Atacama desert," 24 Sep. 2020 But instead of lauding Sudbury as a lunar training ground, the press came up with another moniker for the city: a moonscape. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "The Sudbury model: How one of the world’s major polluters went green," 24 Sep. 2020 The crew hiked through the ashen moonscape that used to be their homes. Megan Cassidy,, "Santa Cruz fires left no time for warnings: ‘The only evacuation notice we got was a wall of fire’," 11 Sep. 2020 After the mudslides carve the hills, the remaining bare soil resembles a desolate moonscape. Yxta Maya Murray, Longreads, "Fire/Flood: A Southern California Pastoral," 19 Aug. 2020 Her photographs of the square, gray monuments under a leaden sky, resemble a moonscape. Emily Palmer, New York Times, "Capturing a World of Emptiness," 27 Mar. 2020 The Lafayette Station parking lot, which routinely fills up by 8 a.m., was a near-empty moonscape on Monday at noon. Rachel Swan,, "With fears of coronavirus rising, BART ridership falls 9%," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of moonscape

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Moonscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of moonscape

: the way the surface of the moon looks
: a dry and empty place that looks like the surface of the moon

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