from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the four-day period between the old and new moon when the moon is not visible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of the four-day period between an old moon and a new moon, when it is not visible

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging or pertaining to the time when the moon, at or near its conjunction with the sun, is invisible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the moon's monthly interval of invisibility; between the periods of moonlight: as, interlunar nights. The interlunar cave is the place of seclusion into which the moon was anciently supposed to retire at such times.


inter- +‎ lunar: compare Latin interlunis. (Wiktionary)


  • September nights! their young moon's lingering twilight, their full broad bays of silver, their interlunar season!

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 28, February, 1860

  • In that interlunar twilight there reigned a solemn sense of wonder evoked here eternally, one felt, from the ancient time, with the rustling of stirred foliage and the voice of those far waters for its music.

    Apologia Diffidentis

  • But all great glories had their interlunar periods; and in due time her grandfather would once more flash full-orbed upon a darkling world.

    "The Angel at the Grave."

  • But all great glories had their interlunar period; and in due time her grandfather would once more flash full-orbed upon a darkling world.

    Crucial Instances

  • Add to all this, that I myself have been and am one of the stupidest of living men; in one of my vacant, interlunar conditions, unfit for deciding on anything: were I to give you my actual view of this case, it were a view such as Satan had from the pavilion of the Anarch old.

    The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol. I

  • Diana of the silver bow herself, when she descends into the interlunar caves of hell, sends no such monsters fleeing from her spells.

    The Seaboard Parish Volume 3

  • He had indeed ceased to look for any result from it, when all at once, as he stood amongst the laburnums and lilacs of a rather late spring, something seemed to burst in his brain, and that moment he was Endymion waiting for Diana in her interlunar grove, while the music of the spheres made the blossoms of a stately yet flowering forest, tremble all with conscious delight.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate

  • Notwithstanding, however, that time had wrought so little change in her appearance, Robert felt that somehow the mist of a separation between her world and his was gathering; that she was, as it were, fading from his sight and presence, like the moon towards 'her interlunar cave.'

    Robert Falconer

  • Now, however, come great news to St. Edmundsbury: That there is to be an Abbot elected; that our interlunar obscuration is to cease; St. Edmund's Convent no more to be a doleful widow, but joyous and once again a bride!

    Past and Present

  • I am in my vacant interlunar cave (I suppose that is the truth); -- and I ought to wrap my mantle round me, and lie, if dark, _silent_ also.

    The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol II.


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