Definitions

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  • adj. Hooked or bent like a sickle; as, a falcate leaf; a falcate claw; -- said also of the moon, or a planet, when horned or crescent-formed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as falcate: the form of the word commonly used of the disk of a planet when less than half of it is illuminated.

Etymologies

Latin falcatus ("sickle-shaped") (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • (See also falcate.)

    "... something in the form of a sickle, or reaping-hook: thus the moon is said to be falcated when she appears horned, which happens while she moves from the third quarter to the conjunction, and so on from thence to the first quarter; the bright part appearing then like a crescent, viz. during the first and last quarters: but during the second and third quarters, the light part appears gibbous, and the dark part falcated."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 143

    October 11, 2008