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Bai'ly's beads'

Pronunciation: (bā'lēz), [key]
spots of light that appear to encircle the moon, resembling a string of luminous beads, visible immediately before and after a total eclipse, caused by the sun's light shining between the mountains on the moon's surface. Cf. diamond ring effect.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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