Thursday, December 12, 2013

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penumbra

[pi-nuhm-bruh]

noun, plural pe·num·brae [-bree], pe·num·bras. 


1. Astronomy 
a. the partial or imperfect shadow outside the complete shadow of an opaque body, as a planet, where the light from the source of illumination is only partly cut off. Compare umbra ( def 3a ).
b. the grayish marginal portion of a sunspot. Compare umbra ( def 3b ).
2. a shadowy, indefinite, or marginal area.

Origin:
1660–70; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin paen- pen- + umbra shade
Related forms
pe·num·bral, pe·num·brous, adjective


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