Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or caused by both the sun and the moon.

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  • adj. Based on both the lunar month and the solar year.
  • adj. Pertaining to or caused by both the moon and the sun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resulting from the united action, or pertaining to the mutual relations, of the sun and moon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Depending jointly on the motions or actions of the moon and the sun: as, the lunisolar cycle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or attributed to the moon and the sun or their mutual relations

Etymologies

Latin lūna, moon; see lunar + solar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The Muslim calendar is lunar, the Gregorian is solar, but the Jewish and Chinese calendars are lunisolar, meaning that they try to cram 12 months into a tropical year.

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  • The Chinese calendar is a lunisolar, incorporating elements of a lunar calendar with those of a solar calendar.

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  • Star festivals are celebrated in several Asian countries including Japan, China, Vietnam, and Korea in summer, on the seventh day of the seventh month or the eighth month if going by the Chinese lunisolar calendar.

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  • Japanese New Year (正月, shōgatsu) was based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar and celebrated at the beginning of spring, Japanese still have a custom of sending New Year Post card and most cards have the Chinese zodiac sign of the twelve animals.

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  • In the Hindu calendar, which is lunisolar calendar, the embolismic month is called adhika maas (extra month).

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  • Isn't this culturally insensitive to Muslims - especially given that the Islamic calendar is actually lunar, rather than lunisolar like the Chinese one?

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  • Other common lunisolar calendars are the Hindu chāndra māna, the Buddhist calendar (used across Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar) and Hebrew calendar, so it seems a bit much.

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  • The Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar, not a lunar one.

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  • In this nineteen-year lunisolar cycle, twelve years re - ceived twelve months each for a subtotal of 144.

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  • It seems to me highly probable that the date to which all inquiries into the origin of the constellations and the zodiacal signs seems to point -- viz. 2170 B.C. -- was the date at which the Chaldæan astronomers definitely adopted the new system, the lunisolar instead of lunar division of the zodiac and of time.

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