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  • n. A meteorological phenomenon also known as a lunar rainbow or white rainbow, well documented at Cumberland Falls near Corbin, Kentucky, Victoria Falls in Africa as well as other places such as Yosemite National Park.


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moon + bow, by analogy from rainbow


  • On the Big Island, Chain of Craters Road is unbelievable, and driving towards Waimea is the only place I have ever seen a "moonbow" - a rainbow made from the light of a full moon.

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  • " "At night it would more properly be called a moonbow, I should think, but they are one and the same thing.

    Kingdoms of Light

  • It's called a moonbow and if you're at Yosemite National Park this weekend, you might want to stay up late to catch a glimpse. Top headlines

  • Since I’ve arrived home, I have learned that a moonbow is a recognized phenomenon.

    True Spirit

  • If the full moon is bright, I stroll over to the base of Yosemite Falls and look into the mist for the shimmering, opalescent “moonbow.”

    Yosemite's Rock Stars

  • When it was dark, instead of going to sleep they drove out to the falls to see the moonbow.

    dream of night

  • Holding them tightly together in the manner of someone preparing to scoop water from a stream, he pushed them forward into the moonbow.

    Kingdoms of Light

  • They had not stumbled through the moonbow, but into it.

    Kingdoms of Light

  • Dismounting from his morggunt, he strode quickly to the base of the moonbow.

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  • There was no sign of the moonbow, or the waterfall that sustained it, or even the Eusebian Gorge.

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  • Young people who crave now to know

    What fortune may some day bestow

    Will assuage this fancy

    With selenomancy

    And dance 'neath the pearly moonbow.

    January 9, 2017