One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In ancient Greek and Jewish history: the time of the new moon, the beginning of the lunar month.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From post-classical Latin neomenia new moon, beginning of the month, festival of the Jews (Vulgate) from ancient Greek νεομηνία (Attic νουμηνία) new moon, beginning of the month from νεο- + μήνη moon + -ία.
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