half-moon

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lunule of nail

the pale arched area at the proximal portion of the nail plate.

half-moon

(hăf′mo͞on′, häf′-)
n.
1. The moon when only half its disk is illuminated.
2. Something, such as the lunula of a fingernail, that is shaped like a crescent.
References in classic literature ?
His face alarmed me more than any I had left in Half-moon Street.
All the other Isanusis, male and female, sat down in a half-moon facing the king, but this woman drew forward, and with her came nine of her sisterhood.
Then all sat down and feasted and drank merrily together until the sun was low and the half-moon glimmered with a pale light betwixt the leaves of the trees overhead.