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halo

ha·lo

halo

 
pronunciation:
heI lo
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part of speech: noun
inflections: haloes, halos
definition 1: a circle of light depicted in paintings as shining around the head of a divine or sacred being.
The icon shows Jesus Christ with a golden halo about his head.
definition 2: any circle or band of light produced by reflection or refraction of light by ice crystals suspended in the earth's atmosphere, as around the sun or moon.
A halo around the moon was clearly visible last night.
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Halo comes from an ancient Greek word that means "a disk around the sun or moon."
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