How the Moon Affects Behavior and Health

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2. What’s In a Name?

In Ancient Times, the Moon was used as a measurement of time. The Moon gets its name from the Proto-Indo-European words for “Moon” and “month.” The name Luna is also used to refer to the Moon, especially in literature where it’s being personified.

In modern English, the word lunar is used to describe the Moon. This word comes from the Latin word “luna,” which means Moon. Rarely, the Moon is referred to as selenic, which derives from the Ancient Greek word for Moon, selḗnē. Because of this word, the study of the Moon’s physical features is known as selenography.