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May 17, 2007
This week's theme
Words borrowed from Spanish

This week's words
mesmeric
penelope
Alford plea
selenography
freudian slip

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selenography

(sel-uh-NOG-ruh-fee) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun: The branch of astronomy dealing with the physical features of the moon.

[From Greek seleno-, from Selene (goddess of the moon in Greek mythology) + -graphy (writing).]

"Two centuries ago, the art of pastel and the science of selenography were united in the person of John Russell. Rarely, if ever, have art and astronomy united with such clarity of form."
Clifford J Cunningham; Lunar Reality; Mercury (San Francisco); Jul/Aug 2004.

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