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cliff-dwelling; neonate moons



If we need a high-falutin' word for cliff-dwellers...there were a
number of words in ancient Greek meaning cliff, including
"petra," "akra," and "kre:mnos" (e: = eta), although each one
doesn't always mean cliff but might mean "precipice" or "high
ridge," etc.  From "petra" there is the word "petrokatoike:tos,"
"having its abode in the rocks," which could be anglicized as
"petrocatecete" (PET-ro-CAT-uh-seet); from "akra" there is
"akrolophia" (mountain ridge) --> "akrolophite:s" = "mountaineer,"
which could be anglicized as "acrolophite."  From "kre:mnos" there
is the word "kre:mnobate:s" (climber of steep places) which could
give "cremnobat" but people might think it was a kind of bat.


As of 1989, the record for the earliest naked-eye sighting of
the new moon was 14 hours and 51 minutes after astronomical
new moon, according to an article in _Sky & Telescope_ vol. 78
(1989) 322-23.  The record was achieved under exceptionally
favorable circumstances.

George Pesely
Department of History
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN 37044