Paraselene Par`a*se*le"ne, n.; pl. {Paraselen[ae]}. [NL., from Gr. para` beside + selh`nh the moon: cf. F. paras['e]l[`e]ne.] (Meteor.) A mock moon; an image of the moon which sometimes appears at the point of intersection of two lunar halos. Cf. {Parhelion}. [1913 Webster]

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