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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

selen(o)-1

The moon.

[Greek selēnē, moon.]

Selenography is—lunar geography; selenology is the scientific study of the moon; something selenocentric has the moon as its centre; selenodesy (Greek daiein, to divide) is the branch of mathematics dealing with the shape and area of the moon or large parts of it, the lunar equivalent of geodesy; selenite is either a colourless and transparent crystalline form of gypsum (so called because it was thought to wax and wane with the moon), or a supposed inhabitant of the moon (but see seleno-2); molar teeth that are selenodont have crescent-shaped ridges on the grinding surfaces, characteristic of ruminants.

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