from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pimelepteroid fish of the Pacific coast, Cæsiosoma californica.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) See half-moon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A crescent-shaped corral used in Chilean rodeos.
  • noun A kind of Argentinian croissant.


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Literally "half moon".


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  • Most days, I give in and have a "medialuna", which is essentially a croissant, but a little sweeter, sometimes with a bit of a glaze on top. Recent Updates 2009


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  • A crescent-shaped croissant, slightly smaller than a factura, and presumably lower in calories. This might seem like a healthier alternative, except that standard procedure is to serve them in batches of 3. For instance, a café con leche with three medialunas costs 6 pesos (= 2 US dollars) in the little coffeeshop across from school.

    Medialunas come in two types - "dulce" or "salada". Though I always think "salada" means "dirty" (is this a French association?), of course it just means "salted".

    And, of course, the term medialuna is somewhat misleading, as the pastries in question are definitely in the shape of a crescent moon, not a half-moon.

    August 14, 2008