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of the moon, or lunar;
one who dwells upon the moon.
a variety of gypsum occurring in transparent crystals or crystalline masses.
Origin of selenite:
Middle English selinete, from Latin selenites, from Greek selēnitēs (lithos), literally, stone of the moon, from selēnē; from the belief that it waxed and waned with the moon
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selenite: Of Lunar
adj. – lunar.
selenic, adj. like the moon; containing selenium.
selenite n. dweller on moon; kind of gypsum.
selenitic, adj. pertaining to or affected by moon; of or pertaining to selenite.
selenium, n. nonmetallic solid element used in photoelectric cells.
selenocentric, adj. pertaining to moon’s centre; having moon as centre.
selenodont, n. & a. (animal) having crescent-shaped ridges on the crowns of the molar teeth. selenography, n. study of moon’s surface.
selenology, n. study of moon. selenomancy, n. divination by the moon.
instrument for viewing moon.
SELENE was the Titan goddess of the moon. She was depicted as a woman riding sidesaddle on a horse or driving a chariot drawn by a pair of winged steeds. Her lunar sphere or crescent was either a crown set upon her head or the fold of a raised, shining cloak. She was sometimes said to drive a team of oxen and her lunar crescent was likened to a pair of bull’s horns.
Selene’s great love was the shepherd prince Endymion. The beautiful boy was granted eternal youth and immortality by Zeus and placed in a state of eternal slumber in a cave near the peak of Lydian Mount Latmos (Latmus). His heavenly bride consorted with him there in the night.
A number of other goddesses were also associated with the moon, however, only Selene was represented by the old Greek poets represented as the moon incarnate. Other Greek moon goddesses included Pasiphae, the Leukippides (Leucippes), Eileithyia, Hekate (Hecate), Artemis, Bendis, and Hera (who sometimes doubled for Selene in the Endymion myth.
The clear, colorless variety of gypsum crystallizing in the monoclinic system and occurring in crystals or in crystal mass. Also known as spectacle stone.
(McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc)
Selenium, element 34, was discovered and named by Swedish chemist Jöns Jakob Berzelius in 1817.
He formed the name from the Greek word σελήνη, meaning moon because the element had chemical properties similar to tellurium, which is named for the earth. A translation of Berzelius’s work in which he explains his choice appears in the 1818 Annals of Philosophy:
“The analogy of tellurium has induced me to give it the name of selenium.1″
Selenium has the chemical symbol Se.